Monday, March 27, 2017


Nautical Before Nighttime

WHEN: Saturday, April 1, through Saturday, April 8, 11:30 AM – 4 PM

Pride of Baltimore, Inc. will partner with USS Constellation during Light City on a wide-ranging series of family-friendly activities each day during the festival.

Visitors can explore Pride II, Maryland’s “Star-Spangled Ambassador,” and USS Constellation, talk to the captains and crew, and learn about the rich history of the ships and—from Pride's crew—what it’s like to sail a tall ship. Programs led by the crew of both ships explore maritime themes such as 19th-century innovative ship design, maritime communication methods, and weaponry.

Programs include:

  • A Flag Talk each day at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Guest Ranger Scott Sheads will engage students of all ages in unfurling a full-size 42’x30’ flag from Fort McHenry, while telling the spectacular history of the Battle of Baltimore and Francis Scott Key’s treasured poem.
  • Opening and Closing Salutes: Each day at noon and 4 p.m., featuring cannon blasts.
  • Colors and Lights: Communication At Sea: April 4 at 2:30 p.m. and April 7 at 12:30 p.m. Before the emergence of radios, ships at sea communicated with each other through an intricate system of flags and lights. Let us “talk” you through it.

Go to for a complete schedule of Pride II activities during Light City. All activities are free to the public.

Pride of Baltimore, Inc. is partnering with Historic Ships in Baltimore on the “Nautical Before Nighttime” activities.

“Pride of Baltimore, Inc. is excited to be participating in Light City Baltimore,” said Rick Scott, executive director of Pride of Baltimore, Inc. “We love sharing the history of Pride II with those who are not familiar with it and hope people will come explore with us!”

Visitors are welcome to come back after the sun goes down as Pride II will be illuminated and open for free deck tours almost every night of Light City on Pier 1. The ship is #24 on the BGE Light Art Walk.

Light City is a free Baltimore-based festival that offers nine days of light displays, performances, music, and innovation. Welcoming more than 400,000 people from across the globe in its first year, Light City Baltimore is the first large-scale, international light festival in the United States.

About Pride of Baltimore II
Baltimore Clippers, sleek, fast, and maneuverable vessels, gained fame as privateers during the War of 1812. Their success in capturing British merchant ships provoked the Royal Navy to attack Baltimore in 1814. Francis Scott Key, seeing the American flag still flying over Fort McHenry after the 25-hour British bombardment, was inspired to pen the "Star-Spangled Banner."

Pride of Baltimore II, like her predecessor, Pride of Baltimore, is a reproduction of one of the most famous of these privateers, Chasseur. For nearly four decades, these modern-day prides of Baltimore have promoted historical maritime education, fostered economic development and tourism, and represented the people of Maryland in ports throughout the world. Since her commissioning in 1988, Pride II has sailed 250,000 nautical miles and visited more than 200 ports in 40 countries.

To learn more about Pride of Baltimore II, please go to