Tall Ships: Pride of Baltimore II

August 11, 2011 4:24:55 AM PDT
The Pride of Baltimore II sailed into town for the Tall Ships celebration along Chicago's lakefront.

The annual event provides visitors a chance to board and ride several historic sailboats. Captain Jan Miles and his crew arrived Wednesday.

(RELEASE) Captain Jan Miles, Pride of Baltimore II Captain Jan C. Miles and 11 crew members aboard the Pride of Baltimore II provide guided tours to discuss the defeat of the British in Baltimore during the War of 1812, which led to the penning of America's National Anthem.

    FUN FACTS:
  • The Pride of Baltimore II, a reproduction1812 -era privateer topsail schooner, was launched and commissioned in 1988 as a sailing memorial to the original Pride of Baltimore, which was sunk in 1986 by a white squall off Puerto Rico.
  • For 22 years, the 157-foot long schooner weighing in at 185.5 tons has traveled the globe, visiting more than 200 ports in 40 countries, logging over 250,000 nautical miles.
  • In 2010, Pride II visited 26 ports, welcoming more than 91,000 visitors aboard.
  • Docked at Navy Pier's Southwest wall yesterday Pride of Baltimore II is a topsail schooner built to the lines of an 1812-era Baltimore Clipper. Owned by the State of Maryland and operated by Pride of Baltimore, Inc. a 501?(3) non profit, her mission is three-fold: to promote Maryland trade and tourism, to represent the goodwill of al Maryland's citizens; and to provide a unique education platform through onboard activities and the Internet for American history and marine sciences. Pride of Baltimore II is available for charter and for dockside and sailing receptions in each of her destinations as well as public day sails. She can accommodate up to six paying passengers as "working guest crew" between ports of call.

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