2012 Season in Kicks Off in Annapolis April 11-17

April 10, 2012

Dockside Education Programs and Public Deck Tours Aboard Pride of Baltimore II
National Sailing Center and Hall of Fame

Pride of Baltimore II, the world renowned Baltimore-built top sail schooner iconic of the War of 1812, will kick off the 2012 sailing season on Wednesday, April 11 at 5:00 p.m. when she sails into Annapolis, MD with cannons ablaze.  The ship will be alongside the National Sailing Hall of Fame (NSHOF) dock through Tuesday, April 17.  In partnership with the NSHOF, Pride of Baltimore II will welcome more than 500 Anne Arundel County students aboard the vessel to participate in Pride’s 1812 Dockside Education Program and NSHOF’s “Learning Math & Science through Sailing Initiative.”  The general public is invited aboard to explore the top deck and talk with the crew during FREE Deck Tours on Saturday, April 14 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 15 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Pride of Baltimore II will depart Annapolis for Baltimore at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 18.

The National Sailing Center & Hall of Fame (NSHOF) and Pride of Baltimore, Inc. are pleased to announce a strategic partnership for providing students unique educational experiences focusing on both War of 1812 History, and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

To inaugurate this partnership, the world renowned War of 1812 privateer, Pride of Baltimore II, will be docked at the National Sailing Center & Hall of Fame in Annapolis from April 11th to 18th.  500 Anne Arundel County school students will visit the reproduction 1812-era Baltimore-built Topsail Schooner, the type of vessel that helped a fledgling America prosecute the War of 1812 and assert its right to freely ply the world’s oceans with maritime commerce. In addition, Anne Arundel County high school students participating in the NSHOF’s “Learning Math & Science through Sailing Initiative” will board the ship as part of their scheduled educational programming. Pride of Baltimore II will also be open to the public for free dockside deck tours.

Drawing on nearly two decades experience educating Maryland students about their state’s maritime history, Pride of Baltimore, Inc. is unveiling new programming to highlight the pivotal role played by both Baltimore Privateers and Marylanders in the War of 1812.

With the new partnership, the NSHOF looks to enhance its existing STEM programs with Anne Arundel County Public Schools and to create a history component to its Education Program using the 1812 Bicentenary Celebrations and Pride of Baltimore II as a key platform for that effort.

The National Sailing Center & Hall of Fame (NSHOF) is a non-profit educational facility and virtual institution dedicated to preserving the history of sailing and its impact on our culture, honoring those who have made outstanding contributions to American sailing, teaching math, science and American history through sailing, inspiring and encouraging sailing development, and providing a landmark for sailing enthusiasts.

The 157-ft Pride of Baltimore II is the world’s most renowned American War of 1812 Privateer sailing in the 21st Century.  The ship is owned and operated by Pride of Baltimore, Inc., the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote the voyages of Pride of Baltimore II on behalf of all Marylanders.  Pride of Baltimore II preserves and advances the living maritime history of the Chesapeake Bay and, wherever she sails, is an ambassador for the innovation, entrepreneurial spirit, and patriotism that forged and continues to define Maryland’s maritime identity.

Schedule of Educational Programs and Public Deck Tours, April 11-18:

April 11     Arrival                                 5:00 p.m.
April 12     Elementary Schools       2:00 pm – 3;00 pm
Middle/High Schools    4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
April 13     North County STEM       8:15 am – 1:00 pm
Elementary schools       1:15 pm – 2:15 pm
April 14     Open to the Public           4:30 pm – 7:00 pm
April 15     Open to the Public          12:00 – 5:00 pm
April 16     Elementary Schools       9:30 am – 2:45 pm
Middle/High Schools    4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
April 17     Elementary Schools       8:30 am – 2:15 pm
April 18     Departure                           10:00 a.m.


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