The Pride of Baltimore II will be sent forth from our Inner Harbor. Flying the flag of Maryland on other shores, the ship will be on a mission of good will for the city and state’s economic interests.
Gov. Larry Hogan signed off on $1.5 million to form a public-private partnership with the nonprofit that runs the Pride of Baltimore II, according to the governor’s office. A corporate sponsorship campaign is also in the works. With the funding, the replica topsail schooner will head to other cities in the U.S., as well as other nations.
The state plans to send the vessel, which is designed to represent clippers that were built in Baltimore 200 years ago, to tall ships events in the Great Lakes and on the East Coast next summer. The idea is to promote that Maryland is “Open for Business,” as well as continue its role as an education tool for kids, the governor’s office said.
The Pride of Baltimore II has already been to numerous other ports since being commissioned in 1988. It’s the successor to the Pride of Baltimore, which sank in 1986. Barring any similar incidents, the ship is expected to be able to sail for another 50 years.