The Storied Ship Visits Brockville, September 16-18
Baltimore – As one of the most recognizable U.S. sailing vessels in the world, Pride of Baltimore II has served as a symbol of Maryland’s entrepreneurial spirit, maritime prowess, and nautical craft for three and a half decades. Join Pride II on the shores of Brockville, ON, as part of Tall Ships® Brockville 2016 from September 16-September 18.
Tall Ships® Brockville is the last port of call of the Tall Ships Challenge® Great Lakes Tour 2016. The participating ships will arrive in the afternoon on Friday September 16th, and will be available for tours with a Passport on Saturday September 17th and Sunday September 18th from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Don’t miss these majestic ships when they recreate the magic again for visitors to witness them on mass during the Parade of Sail passing along Block House Island prior to their dock arrival on Friday afternoon.
For more information, visit http://www.tallshipsbrockville.com/ Pride of Baltimore II is a topsail schooner measuring 157 feet in length and equipped with 10 sails. She is a vessel built for speed, representing a class of ships known as Baltimore Clippers, which helped America win the War of 1812.
Did You Know?
Tens of thousands of people line up for Pride II’s launch in 1988
It was the success of privateer vessels, like Chasseur, the original “Pride of Baltimore,” that inspired Britain’s attack on Baltimore in 1814. When Francis Scott Key saw the American flag still flying after the all-night Royal Navy bombardment on Fort McHenry, he was inspired to write the “Star-Spangled Banner.”
Today, Pride II is a beloved maritime icon the world over. She has sailed more than 250,000 nautical miles and visited over 40 countries in 200 ports. Pride of Baltimore II was commissioned in 1988 as a sailing memorial to her immediate predecessor, the first Pride of Baltimore, which was tragically sunk by a micro-burst squall of at least 80 miles per hour off Puerto Rico in 1986, taking her captain and three crew members down with her.
The people of Baltimore rallied around the construction of a new ship, sending in jars of pennies, cans of dimes, envelopes with $3.49 inside, and checks for $10,000. The new ship was to be named Pride of Baltimore II and serve as a sailing memorial to the original Pride. Mayor Du Burns designated Pride II as ‘The city’s ship… that belongs to the people of the city. It shows our roots, our accomplishments and our sense of things yet to be done.”
Pride of Baltimore II Today
Students learn navigation techniques aboard Pride II, courtesy Kate Cwiek
Through innovative educational programming and partnerships with the U.S. National Park Service and Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, Pride II is introducing thousands of students to the history and significance of early 19th-century privateers and their role in the birth of our national anthem. In fact, Pride II is known as “America’s Star-Spangled Ambassador.”
Tens of thousands of visitors of all ages are expected to cross Pride II’s decks this summer. At each port Pride II visits during her 8,000-nautical-mile summertime voyage, she will offer free deck tours and, in some ports, offer day sails for the general public. She will also host business receptions, as Pride II represents Maryland’s economic development interests throughout North America.
Pride II’s Partnership with the State of Maryland
Pride II at sunset in Baltimore’s bustling business center, the Inner Harbor, credit Paula Schiller
In January 2016, Pride of Baltimore, Inc. announced a public-private partnership with the state of Maryland to promote economic development for the state and the city of Baltimore.
Announcing the new partnership, Governor Larry Hogan said, “Pride of Baltimore II is a wonderful symbol of the rich maritime heritage of both our state and Baltimore, and the ship generates extremely valuable exposure and goodwill wherever she goes. We are pleased to have a new partnership with the Pride to have her help carry our message across the state, nation and globe—that Maryland is a great place to do business.”