Baltimore’s most famous tall ship will embark on yet another ambitious nautical voyage this summer to celebrate its 40th anniversary, with stops in Charleston, Bermuda and Boston.
The Pride of Baltimore II, a fully functioning replica of a 19th-century schooner, will leave the Inner Harbor for South Carolina on May 13, according to a Tuesday announcement. Six days later, the ship will appear in the three-day Tall Ships Festival in Charleston, S.C.
Once the fanfare is over there, a much longer journey begins. The Pride of Baltimore II‘s crew will race other tall ships to Hamilton, Bermuda, a nearly 900-nautical mile stretch, starting on May 22. The ship is due to arrive on the Atlantic island on May 30 and remain there for five days before once again racing ships to the Boston Harbor. After a weeklong stay there, the Pride will set sail for home, eyeing a July 1 homecoming.
Pride of Baltimore executive director Rick Scott said the eponymous organization that operates the tall ship received an invitation to join other ships in both races. Many of the ships racing from Bermuda to Boston will have traveled from Europe, he said.
This will mark year two of a three-year funding deal from Gov. Larry Hogan’s office for the Pride of Baltimore II to travel the world promoting maritime education and Maryland’s business interests. Last year, the ship, helmed by Captains Jan Miles and Jordan Smith, traveled 8,000 nautical miles to the Great Lakes by sailing up around New England and into the Great Lakes, and then all the way back to Maryland. It arrived to a cannon salute at Fort McHenry, a welcoming party and eager crowds in the Inner Harbor in early October.
In total, the ship has traveled more than 250,000 nautical miles, visiting 200 ports and 40 countries in its 29 years on the water. The Pride II replaced the original Pride, which was lost to a storm at sea in 1986. This year will be the 40th year for the Pride ships, combining both vessels’ legacies.
A rough estimate indicates this year’s voyage will be far shorter than that of 2016, clocking about 2,600 miles at sea between the trips to South Carolina, Bermuda, Boston and back.
Scott said the races and festivals that the Pride II participates in each offer a spotlight for the ship and its crew outside of the mid-Atlantic region: “I think it’s always a good opportunity for Pride to voyage outside of the Chesapeake Bay because it shines a light on Baltimore and Maryland in a way that’s unique to us.”
Locals who want to see the schooner before it departs will have plenty of chances. The Pride II is currently offering deck tours on select days in the Inner Harbor. It will also appear at the Baltimore Museum of Industry on April 27 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. for the annual Spring Sailabration, and dock at Broadway Pier in Fells Point for daily tours (free) and sailing ($35-50, depending on age) on April 29-30 and at Pier 1 in the Inner Harbor from May 6-7. The ship is also scheduled to appear for an afternoon at the National Sailing Hall of Fame in Annapolis on May 10 before it heads south for its summer trip three days later.
Once it returns, the ship will appear regularly around Baltimore for the rest of the summer.
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This story has been updated with comment from Pride of Baltimore executive director Rick Scott.
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