Monday, August 17, 2015

FUN FOR ALL ON THE “PRIDE OF BALTIMORE” IN THE HARBOR

Day Sails, Deck Tours, Guest Crew Adventures and More!

PrideSummertime is when Pride of Baltimore II shines brightest! Pride is docked for the summer at the Constellation Pier in Baltimore's Inner Harbor - have you been out to see us? We are offering free deck tours as well as day sails and sunset sails nearly every weekend. We are also hosting what promises to be a fascinating book discussion about Privateers in September. And, we have an opportunity for an overnight sailing adventure later this month.


On Deck

Take a Free Deck Tour

A deck tour is the ultimate way to explore our ship, learn about its special place in history, and what made it unique in the War of 1812 and today. Stepping aboard Pride is literally like stepping back in time.
You can interact with our passionate and knowledgeable crew and find out what it's like to be a sailor on a traditionally-built Tall Ship. Learn about the watch, our reproduction cannons, and take a selfie at the helm. Our tours are open to adults and children, and groups of all types.*
Pride will be open for deck tours in Baltimore's Inner Harbor on most weekends through September.
Please see our website for dates and times.


Day Sail

Join Us for a Sail!

Sailing with Pride is an experience you'll never forget!

Pride sails from the Inner Harbor into the Patapsco River, past Fort McHenry and near the Key Bridge, just like Francis Scott Key did during the War of 1812. If the conditions are right, we can catch some beautiful wind. With her sails unfurled, Pride is a sight to behold.

On board, guests enjoy the fascinating history of Baltimore's harbor and the role it played in America's 'Second War of Independence.' You'll hear about the "Star-Spangled Banner" and the 'Bombs Bursting in Air' as we pass Fort McHenry. You'll also see the thriving seaport of present-day Baltimore and hear about the city's successful commercial industry. And you'll learn more about Pride herself, from her inspiration 200 years ago to the wizardry of her construction as a wooden sailing vessel, to the tragic event that caused an entire city to unite together and create the ship we know today as Pride of Baltimore II.

You can help pull lines and raise the sails. Or, you can sit back and enjoy the breeze! There is something for everyone on board Pride. (Plus, you can even bring your own food and drink – just no glass containers.)

Our tours last 2 hours, which is nearly twice as long as other boat tours in the Inner Harbor.

So what are you waiting for? We are offering a limited number of day sails and sunset sails this season – see below for our complete schedule, and get your tickets today!

Date

Location

Time

Event

Ticketing

Aug 15

Constellation Pier

Day Sail

3-5pm

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Aug 20

Constellation Pier

Sunset Sail

6-8pm

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Aug 22

Constellation Pier

Day Sail

3-5pm

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Aug 29

Constellation Pier

Day Sail

3-5pm

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Aug 30

Constellation Pier

Day Sail

9-11am

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Sept 5

Constellation Pier

Day Sail

4-6pm

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Sept 6

Constellation Pier

Day Sail

5-7pm

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Sept 7

Broadway Pier

Day Sail

3-5pm

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Sept 12

Fort McHenry

Day Sail

2-4pm

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Sept 13

Fort McHenry

Day Sail

2-4pm

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Sept 17

Constellation Pier

Sunset Sail

5:30-7:30 pm

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Privateers

This September: Privateer Book Talk and Sunset Sail

We're partnering with the Maryland Historical Society to bring you an afternoon of historic proportions – all about privateers!

On Sunday, September 20, author David Head will lead a fascinating discussion about his new book, Privateers of the Americas (publish date: October, 2015). After the book talk, we'll board Pride for a two-hour sunset sail around Baltimore's Inner Harbor, complete with dessert and coffee!

About The New Book, Privateers of the Americas

We all know about the critical role privateers played in America's 'Second War for Independence,' but what happened to privateers after the War of 1812?

In his new book, David Head examines raids on Spanish shipping conducted from the United States during the early 1800s – and how they influenced politics in South America. Among the available histories of privateering, there is no comparable work.

Seafarers living in the United States secured commissions from Spanish American nations, attacked Spanish vessels, and returned to sell their captured cargoes from bases in Baltimore, New Orleans, and Galveston and on Amelia Island. Privateers sold millions of dollars of goods to untold numbers of ordinary Americans. Their collective enterprise involved more than a hundred vessels and thousands of people – not only ships' crews but investors, merchants, suppliers, and others. They angered foreign diplomats, worried American officials, and muddied U.S. foreign relations.

David Head will discuss how Spanish American privateering worked and who engaged in it; how the U.S. government responded; how privateers and their supporters evaded or exploited laws and international relations; what motivated men to choose this line of work; and ultimately, what it meant to them to sail for the new republics of Spanish America. His findings broaden our understanding of the experience of being an American in a wider world.

This event is co-sponsored by the Maryland Historical Society Maritime Committee and Pride of Baltimore, Inc.

WHEN: Sunday, September 20, 2015
Privateers of the Americas Book talk with author David Head, from 3-5pm
A Sunset Sail aboard Pride of Baltimore II from 5:30-7:30 pm

WHERE: Pride of Baltimore Headquarters, 2700 Lighthouse Point East, Suite 330 Baltimore, MD 21224
Free street parking is available on Boston Street. A paid parking lot is available between 7-Eleven and the shop, Boston Street Running.
TICKETS: Privateers of the Americas book talk is $20 for non-Members and $10 for Privateer Society Members.
Register for book talk here.
Sunset Sail is $60 for Privateer Society Members and $75 Non-Members.
Register for sunset sail here.


Guest Crew

Join Us For A Guest Crew Adventure!

Come aboard Pride of Baltimore II for a multi-day trip in the northern Chesapeake Bay, from Sunday, August 23 through Wednesday August 26!

We will be sailing where the wind takes us, charting our course for the optimal sailing experience.

But what will you be doing?

As part of our Guest Crew, you'll be working alongside our professional crew and taking an important role in running the ship!

You will participate in sail handling, take turns on the watch (and learn why that's so important), spend time at the helm, conduct the boat check, navigation activities and more.

"There's nothing like the Pride" says Pierre Henkart, who has participated in numerous guest crew sails. "The feeling of sailing through the water real fast—it's a really emotional connection."

Jan Miles

"There are other Tall Ships," Henkart continues, "but none of them are the mean sailing machine that Pride is. It takes a good breeze to prove it, and there's no one better to scope that out than Captain Jan Miles." (Above)

Pride will sail where the wind takes her, charting her course for the optimal sailing experience in the beautiful region of the Northern Chesapeake.

"There aren't that many opportunities like this in the United States," Henkart adds, "Pride is the top dog in the Tall Ship niche, and she has the trophies to prove it."

So book your bunk today, then pack your bag for a great sailing experience on Pride! We can only take six guest crew, so early applications are a must. Apply today on our website.


Night Pride

Host a Private Charter Aboard Pride!

Even when she's not sailing, Pride of Baltimore II provides an exclusive way to entertain clients, customers, employees, or friends. The vessel's sleek hull, raked masts, and intricate rigging provide a dramatic setting for any occasion. The vessel can be chartered for a or dockside reception here in Baltimore. Or she can be taken on a sailing voyage into the Inner Harbor.

Pride, Inc. staff and crew will work with you to make your event truly unique—leaving an unforgettable impression on your guests.

Pride can be chartered for:

Staff appreciation days

Networking events

Leadership/teambuilding experiences

Family reunions

Birthday parties

Weddings

And more. The possibilities are endless!

Per U.S. Coast Guard regulations, the number of guests for a dockside reception is limited to 100 on the vessel; more if shore facilities are available. Sailing charters can accommodate 35 guests. Contact us to learn more.


This Month In Seafaring History

Painting of combat between USS Constitution and HMS Guerriere

August 19, 1812: In the first major sea battle of the War of 1812, the USS Constitution destroys HMS Guerriere in a 15-minute exchange of gunfire. During the battle, which took place 400 miles off the coast of Halifax, Nova Scotia, a British shot bounced 'harmlessly' off the Constitution's hull, causing a crewmember to shout, "Huzzah! Her sides are made of iron!" Thus began her nickname, Old Ironsides.

Image: Painting of combat between USS Constitution and HMS Guerriere by Michel Felice Corne (1752–1845)

 

Lighthouse

August 19, 1695: Maryland governor Francis Nicholson appoints the colony's first 'wreckmaster' for Somerset County. Detailed maps were unavailable at the time, and the Chesapeake region was (and remains) notorious for shoals.

Image: Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse, content credit Pam George for information and image credit Visit Maryland

 

Calico Jack

August 22, 1720: Pirates 'Calico' Jack Rackham, Anne Bonny, Mary Read, and six others captured the sloop William in Nassau Harbor. (They would be arrested that October.)

Image: A woodcut of Calico Jack

 

 

 

 

 

Endeavor

August 26, 1768: Captain James Cook sets sail aboard HMS Endeavor on its first scientific and exploratory expedition. Departing from Plymouth, they journey around Cape Horn and visit Tahiti before eventually arriving in New Zealand.

Image: HMS Endeavour off the coast of New Holland, by Samuel Atkins c. 1794

 

/Proclamation

August 27, 1814: Thomas Boyle, captain of the privateer Chasseur proclaims a blockade of Great Britain and Ireland.
His actions cause a brief panic on the London Stock Exchange. The Royal Navy diverts 14 sloops of war and three frigates to patrol the northern and western coasts of England. Upon her return to Baltimore, Chasseur was hailed as "The Pride of Baltimore."

Image: A proclamation of blockade of United Kingdom by Thomas Boyle, commander of the Chasseur, 1814, MdHS, MS1846