Three tall ships arrive Wednesday, bringing 950 Japanese sailors to Baltimore

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Three more tall ships will visit Baltimore’s Inner Harbor starting Wednesday, when 950 sailors and ensigns from the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force arrive for a four-day stop, including public tours and a concert.  It’s the only time tall ships will visit Baltimore in the month of July.

The visiting ships include two training vessels, JDS Setoyuki and JDS Kashima, and a destroyer known as Asagirl. The public is invited to come aboard for tours on specified dates. On July 14, the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force Training Squadron Band will give a free concert at the Harborplace amphitheater from 4 to 5 p.m.

The visit to Baltimore, part of a 168-day around the world cruise, will bring more than 750 Japanese sailors and 200 recently-commissioned ensigns to the city – a group larger than many conferences. The Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force ships have conducted annual overseas training cruises since 1956 for junior officers and those who have completed the General Officer Midshipman’s Course.

The ships are scheduled to arrive on Wednesday and depart on Sunday.

Kashima and Asagirl will arrive at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Inner Harbor’s West Wall. Setoyuki will arrive at 1 p.m. at the Broadway Pier in Fells Point.

On Thursday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Setoyuki will be open for public tours, followed by the Harborplace concert from 4 to 5 p.m.

On Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Asagirl will be open for public tours.

On Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Setoyuki will be open for public tours.

Asagirl will leave Baltimore at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday and Kashima will leave at 3 p.m. on Saturday. Setoyuki will leave at 9 a.m. on Sunday.

Schedule updates are available from the organizer, Sail Baltimore, at sailbaltimore.org.

Ed Gunts

Ed Gunts

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


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