Bon Voyage, Pride of Baltimore II

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Pride II en route from Cleveland to Bay City in 2010, courtesy Jeff Woods
Pride II en route from Cleveland to Bay City in 2010, courtesy Jeff Woods

Baltimore’s iconic tall ship, Pride of Baltimore II, is usually anchored in the harbor. But if you go looking for it there this summer, you’ll find yourself out of luck.

That’s because the ship set out this morning on a 4-month, 8,000 mile journey that will take it all around the U.S. and even up into Canada. If you run down to the waterfront right now, you might be able to catch the ship as it sails past Fort McHenry this morning. Then it’s off to Norfolk, the first stop on an eventual journey that will include a journey through the Great Lakes. If you’re feeling tall ship withdrawal, never fear; a fleet of ships from as far afield as Argentina and Japan will be passing through Baltimore this summer. And then Pride II scheduled to make it back to Baltimore by October.

How the tall ship is spending its summer vacation
How the tall ship is spending its summer vacation

And if you happened to hear some unusual sounding explosions near the waterfront this morning, don’t be alarmed–that was just Pride II’s goodbye fusillade of cannon fire. It’s the only way a historic ship knows how to say, “Bye, I’ll miss you!”



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