Historic Pride Of Baltimore II To Dock In Havre de Grace For Public Tours In June


The Pride of Baltimore sails with a massive American flag in tow. (Credit: Havre de Grace City Government/ Facebook)

HAVRE DE GRACE - The City of Havre de Grace is set to host the historic Pride of Baltimore II, an iconic replica of a Baltimore Clipper ship, from June 1st to June 5th. The vessel will dock at Hutchins Memorial Park, 100 Congress Ave, marking a special opportunity for residents and visitors to delve into maritime history.

The arrival time on June 1st is yet to be confirmed, but the vessel will depart on the morning of June 5th. During its stay, the Pride of Baltimore II will be open for public deck tours on June 2nd from noon to 8 pm, June 3rd from 10 am to 7 pm, and June 4th from 10 am to 5 pm.

The original Pride of Baltimore was commissioned in 1977, serving as a centerpiece for the city's Inner Harbor revitalization. It was the first Baltimore Clipper to be built in 150 years and the first tall ship to represent both a city and a state. Its voyages took it across more than 150,000 nautical miles, equivalent to six times around the globe, extending a hand of friendship to countless visitors.

Tragically, the Pride of Baltimore was lost at sea during a storm in 1986, along with her captain and three crew members. The sinking spurred a remarkable public response, leading to plans for a replacement vessel, Pride of Baltimore II, by the end of that summer.

Launched in 1988, the Pride of Baltimore II serves as a sailing memorial to its predecessor. It has logged over 275,000 nautical miles, visiting more than 200 ports in 40 countries across North, South, and Central America, Europe, and Asia. Each season, the ship visits numerous ports and invites over 100,000 people onboard for various activities, including private sailing charters, dockside receptions, deck tours, day sails, youth programs, and overnight guest crew experiences.

The vessel's mission is to promote historical maritime education, foster economic development and tourism, and represent the people of Maryland in every port she visits. Its upcoming visit to Havre de Grace is a unique opportunity for the local community to step aboard this ambassador of Maryland's maritime history.

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