Historic Tall Ships Set Sail to Baltimore

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Photo via sailbaltimore.org
Photo via sailbaltimore.org

It’s been 40 years since a fleet of tall ships sailed into Baltimore’s Inner Harbor to celebrate the nation’s Bicentennial – an event that predated Harborplace, drew thousands to the city’s waterfront and was largely credited with sparking the urban renaissance that followed.

This year it will happen again, as nearly a dozen historic vessels from around the world sail into Baltimore’s harbor and offer visitors a chance to tour the ships and learn about their history.

Sail Baltimore, the non-profit group that organizes the tall ship visits, announced that the ships will start arriving later this month and the visits will continue until November.

The vessels will come from Mexico, Spain, Japan, Argentina, Brazil, Denmark, Norway and the U. S. On the agenda for the Fourth of July is Baltimore’s own SS John W. Brown Liberty ship.

Here is the 2016 lineup:

April 22-27: ARM Cuauhtemoc – 220-foot Mexican Navy tall ship; Inner Harbor, West Wall.

May 31-June 5: Juan Sebastian de Elcano – 371-foot Spanish Navy tall ship; location to be determined.
June 2: Sail Baltimore Portside Party and 40th Anniversary Celebration, Baltimore Visitor’s Center.

June 2-5: Gazela – 177-foot tall ship from Philadelphia; Inner Harbor, West Wall.

June 2-7: ARA Libertad – 340-foot Argentine Navy tall ship training vessel, location to be determined.

June 5-9: JCG Kojima – 377-foot Japan Coast Guard training ship; location to be determined.

July 3-5: SS John W. Brown – 441-foot Liberty Ship; Fells Point Broadway Pier.

July 14-17: Japanese Self-Defense Force Training Squadron JDS Kashima, JDS Setoyuki and JDS Yamagiri from Japan; location to be determined.

Sept 14-18: HDMS Peter Willemoes – 458-foot Danish Navy frigate; Fells Point Broadway Pier.

Sept 17-19: USCGC Eagle – 295-foot US Coast Guard tall ship; Inner Harbor West Wall.

Oct 12-17: Maryland Fleet Week & Air Show Baltimore; Locations around the city.

Nov 2-7: NE Brasil- 431-foot Brazilian Navy training ship; Inner Harbor West Wall.

November (date to be determined): Statsraad Lehmkuhl – 322-foot’ Norwegian tall ship; Inner Harbor, West Wal.

Organizers say the schedule is subject to change. The most current information will be on the sailbaltimore.org website.

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Ed Gunts

Ed Gunts

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