Watermark’s vision since the beginning has been to immerse people in the history, culture and fun of the Annapolis area more completely than any other tour or charter company. Whether you want to learn or just enjoy, no one else offers so many ways to experience this special place, both by land and by water, in less than an hour or as long as you like. In fact, we originated the idea of giving our guests a truly authentic Annapolis experience 40 years ago. And our unique training program ensures that everyone in the company — from period-dressed tour guides to captains to Event Planners — shares that experience in the most interesting and exciting way.
Watermark, originally Chesapeake Marine Tours, began by offering a single sightseeing cruise to St. Michaels aboard the Annapolitan in 1972. Founder Ed Hartman, an attorney by trade, had a love of boating and a desire to invest in the local community. The company quickly expanded to include scenic narrated cruises of the Annapolis Harbor on Harbor Queen and private yacht charters.
Today in its second generation of family ownership with Hartman's daughter Debbie Gosselin at the helm, Watermark's range of offerings includes endless possibilities for private charters with Yacht Charters on the Bay™ and Wedding on the Bay™, Annapolis water taxi service, a variety of walking tours with Annapolis Tours®, public cruises in Annapolis and Baltimore with Cruises on the Bay™ and special event tours and cruises throughout the year.
About Annapolis Tours by Watermark
Annapolis Tours by Watermark is where history comes alive. Watermark established a partnership early on with another Annapolis business, Three Centuries Tours. Founded in 1975 by Paula Fishback, Three Centuries Tours was created to provide more ways for people to learn and experience the rich history and heritage of Annapolis, Maryland. In 1979, Ms. Fishback introduced colonial costuming for all of her guides which proved to be a significant distinguishing selling point for the young company. After many years of working together providing unforgettable land and water experiences, the companies merged in 2004 creating Watermark, the provider of the complete Annapolis experience as it is known today.