Courtesy Sail Baltimore
Courtesy Sail Baltimore

The final ships of Sail Baltimore’s 40th season are coming to the Inner Harbor from Dec. 9 to 11.

Ships from the U. S. Army and Navy will be in town for free public tours during a visit that coincides with the 117th Army-Navy football game at M&T Bank Stadium on December 10.

The U.S. Navy will send several Yard Patrol Craft (YP) and the Army will be represented with the USAV Fort Moultrie and USAV Matamoros.

All of the vessels will arrive on December 9, with Army ships docking in the Inner Harbor at approximately 12pm and the Navy yard patrol craft arriving at 4 p.m. All ships will depart on the morning of December 11.

Visiting hours are:

Friday, December 9, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., for the Army vessels only.

Saturday, December 10, from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (all ships.)

The U.S. Naval Academy’s Yard Patrol Craft are 120’ long and used to teach familiarization with watercraft, basic damage control and basic to advanced seamanship and navigation.

Capable of cruising for 1,800 nautical miles at 12 knots for five days without refueling, they provide realistic, at-sea training in navigation and seamanship for midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis.

The U.S. Army’s USAV Fort Moultrie is one of 16 ST-900 Class small tugboats operated around the world by Transportation Corps units. The USAV Matamoros is a 174’-long Runnymede-class landing craft used to transport rolling and tracked vehicles, containers, and cargo from ships offshore to shore, as well as into shallow areas that can’t be reached by oceangoing vessels.

Updates about the visiting vessels are available at

Ed Gunts is a local freelance writer and the former architecture critic for The Baltimore Sun.