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Pride of Baltimore II
Berth: Inner Harbor, Pier 1 (map)
Free Public Ship Tours
Thursday, September 11, 2014 – 11:00 am-5:00 pm
Friday, September 12, 2014 – 11:00 am-1:00 pm
Saturday, September 13, 2014 – NO PUBLIC TOURS
Sunday, September 14, 2014 – NO PUBLIC TOURS
Monday, September 15, 2014 – 11:00 am-5:00 pm
Estimated Departure: Tuesday, September 16, 2014 – 10:35 am
About the Ship
Pride of Baltimore II, “America’s Star-Spangled Ambassador,” is a reproduction of the 1812-era Baltimore Clippers that helped America defeat the British in the War of 1812. She is also a sailing memorial to her immediate predecessor, the original Pride of Baltimore. Since being commissioned in 1988, Pride of Baltimore II has sailed more than 200,000 miles and visited more than 200 ports in 40 countries.
Baltimore Clippers, because they were so fast and maneuverable, were the vessels of choice for privateers during the War of 1812. Privateers, commissioned by the wartime government, plied Britain’s home waters, the Atlantic and the Caribbean attacking British ships for profit. With a skilled crew, the Clippers could easily outsail the Royal Navy vessels escorting merchant convoys. Nearly a third of all of the commissions issued to privateers during the War of 1812 went to vessels operating out of Baltimore. Those Baltimore privateers captured more than a third of the total British prizes. Their successes, of course, galled the Royal Navy and spurred the British to attack Baltimore in 1814.
Thomas Boyle was Baltimore’s most famous privateer captain. His cruises on the Baltimore Clipper Chasseur were so successful that she earned the nickname, “the pride of Baltimore.” Thus, the name, Pride of Baltimore, was a natural for the first Baltimore Clipper to be built in 150 years in 1977 in Baltimore.
The original Pride of Baltimore was built – mostly by hand using traditional tools and methods – and launched in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. She sailed for nine years as Baltimore and Maryland’s ambassador, going as far as Europe and logging more than 150,000 miles. Unfortunately, she sank during a white squall off Puerto Rico on May 14, 1986, taking her captain and three crew with her. There is a permanent memorial to the original Pride in the Inner Harbor on Rash Field.
After the tragic sinking, the board that operated the original Pride had no plans to build a replacement ship. However, the people of Baltimore did. The unsolicited support, from money being donated in jars of pennies to checks for $10,000, forced the board’s hand. The new Pride of Baltimore II was also built – using power tools this time – and launched in the Inner Harbor. She looks very much like the original Pride, but was built with more contemporary amenities and safety features below deck. She continues the tradition of her predecessor, acting as goodwill ambassador from the city of Baltimore and the state of Maryland to the world.
Home port: Baltimore, Maryland
Sparred length: 157’
LOD: 95’ 4″
Draft: 12’ 4″
Beam: 26’ 1″
Rig height: 107′
Freeboard: 4’ 4″
Number of sails: 10
Sail area: 9,705 square feet
Tons: 185 long tons
Auxiliary power: 2 160 hp engines
Speed under power: 6-8 knots cruising, 10 knots maximum
Speed under sail: 15 knots maximum
Working crew: 12
Tour dates and times are subject to change. We will try to update the ship’s schedule as necessary.
1 – Pride of Baltimore II at start of 2007 Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race. Photo by Fred Butler.
2 – Pride of Baltimore II leading the departures from Star-Spangled Sailabration on June 19, 2012. Photo by Michael Gallagher.
3 – Rigging on Pride of Baltimore II at Privateer Festival in Fells Point on April 21, 2013.
4 – Fire boat greeting Pride of Baltimore II on June 13, 2012, during Star-Spangled Sailabration in Baltimore. Photo by Jack Hardway.
5 – Pride of Baltimore II on June 13, 2012, arriving for Star-Spangled Sailabration in Baltimore. Photo by Jack Hardway.