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It’s Tall Ships® Tuesday! Meet PRIDE OF BALTIMORE II.

Posted by Tall Ships America on June 16, 2015

IT’S TALL SHIPS® TUESDAY AND TODAY’S FEATURED TALL SHIP IS PRIDE OF BALTIMORE II!

(Copyright Robert G. Stevens / Courtesy of Pride of Baltimore, Inc.)

Sailing into Halifax (Copyright Robert G. Stevens / Courtesy of Pride of Baltimore, Inc.)

WHERE YOU’LL FIND HER:
AT TALL SHIPS® PHILADELPHIA CAMDEN 2015 (JUNE 25 – 28)

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:
Pride of Baltimore II is a reconstruction of an early 19th-century Baltimore Clipper. These sleek, fast, and maneuverable vessels became famous as privateers during the War of 1812. Their success in capturing British merchant ships inspired the Royal Navy’s attack on Baltimore in 1814. When Francis Scott Key saw the American flag still flying after the all-night bombardment of Fort McHenry, he was inspired to pen the “Star-Spangled Banner.”

One of the most successful Baltimore Clippers of the time was Chasseur, which was launched from Thomas Kemp’s shipyard in Fells Point. In a daring voyage to Great Britain, Chasseur’s Captain Thomas Boyle declared a blockade of the British Isles by Chasseur alone! This caused the British Admiralty to call vessels back to the British Isles to protect their merchant ships. Chasseur captured or sank 17 vessels before returning home to Baltimore in 1815. Upon her arrival in Fells Point, she was greeted by cheering crowds and dubbed the “Pride of Baltimore.”

Pride of Baltimore and Pride of Baltimore II have represented the people of Baltimore for nearly four decades, spreading a positive message and extending the hand of friendship throughout the world, Since her commissioning in October of 1988, Pride II has sailed 250,000 nautical miles – the equivalent of almost 12 times around the world – and visited more than 200 ports in 40 countries. During this time, Pride II has promoted historical maritime education, fostered economic development and tourism, and represented the people of Maryland in ports throughout the world.

SHIP FACTS:
Vessel Type: Gaff Rigged Schooner
Flag: USA
Homeport: Baltimore, MD
Sparred length: 157’
Rig height: 107’
Sail area: 9,018 square feet
Power: 2×165 HP Caterpillar diesel
Hull: wood
Mission: To promote historical maritime education, foster economic development and tourism, and represent the people of Maryland in every port Pride II visits.

LEARN MORE:
http://www.pride2.org
http://www.facebook.com/prideII
http://www.twitter.com/prideofbalt
http://www.instagram.com/prideofbaltimore/
http://www.youtube.com/user/PRIDEOFBALTIMOREII
http://www.flickr.com/photos/prideofbaltimore2

Join us every Tuesday for more profiles of the ships participating in the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Atlantic Coast 2015 Race Series.

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