Guest Blogger: Happy Commissioning Day, Perfect Present, and “All the Laundry”
Posted by Tall Ships America on October 25, 2012
Pride of Baltimore II
Pos: At Anchor off Annapolis
Wx: SSE F 3, 3/8 Cumulus
Today marks the 24th anniversary of Pride of Baltimore II’s commissioning. Different from her launch day, when she first touched the water as a complete, floating hull but was still awaiting a rig, an interior, and mechanical and electrical systems, today marks the day that she was finished and ready to sail away on her first voyage and begin her illustrious career as the signature example of Maryland’s Maritime History.
On this day in 1988, Pride II was also certificated by the United States Coast Guard for carrying Passengers. This distinction took the mission started by her predecessor to a whole new level. Instead of just boarding the ship at the dock, or marveling at her from a distance – as was the case with the first Pride – people can actually experience the grace, power, and agility of a Baltimore Privateer underway. If you’re adventurous enough, the dreamy wonder of sailing the epitome of early 19th century sailing performance can be a reality. And in 24 years, Pride II has signed aboard thousands as passengers, or as deeply involved “working guest crew” trainees.
Join Pride of Baltimore II at Pride After Dark! On Friday, November 9th you are invited to hear salty sailing tales, meet the ship’s crew, and celebrate the life of the foresail, which is about to be retired, and will be on display at Pride After Dark.
Pride II will be docked outside of the building and illuminated in twinkling lights. She’ll be visible through the amazing glass walls of Thames Street Wharf. Guests will enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres by local restaurant sponsors (Atwaters, Chesapeake Wine Company, Sofi’s Crepes, The Center Club, Stratford University and Waterfront Kitchen), an open bar and entertainment provided by ONE ROCK Studio.
Business/cocktail chic attire suggested.
Tickets are $75 each and can be purchased at www.pride2.org