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Captain’s Log – Looking Back 30 Years

Position: Pride II‘s Winter Berth, Canton, Baltimore Date: Thursday, December 14 The final touches of the ship’s winter cover are being attended to. Soon the ship will be empty of the liveaboard crew and winterized. It is always good for a heavy timber, traditionally built vessel to be emptied, cleaned, and opened for ventilating whenever feasible. Ahead lie the requirements of attending to the…

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Captain’s Log – On The Hard

On The Hard Date: Tuesday, November 7, 2017 Position: Ocean Marine Yacht Center in Portsmouth, VA The view of a vessel out of the water has a surrealistic quality. What goes into dry-docking a sizable vessel like Pride of Baltimore II? A lot of preparation and some visual magic. At Ocean Marine Yacht Center, the process of bringing a vessel…

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Captain’s Log – Sultana’s Downrigging Weekend 2017 – Chestertown, Maryland

Date: Monday, October 30, 2017 Position: Chestertown, Maryland The last “public access sails” for this weekend’s Sultana Downrigging Weekend maritime event were Sunday afternoon. It was a wonderfully serendipitous weekend between two major rain events associated with Tropical Storm Phillipe rushing northward not far offshore past the mid-Atlantic coast in the north western Atlantic Ocean. Sunday afternoon’s sail wind strength…

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Captain’s Log – 2017 Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race

Date: Monday, October 16, 2017 Position: Portsmouth, Virginia 2017 Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race The results of the 2017 GCBSR are already known. Due to the weather, all competing vessels sailed at their maximum speed for the whole length of the race. There was not much strategizing to do with wind coming from a fair direction; from the start, all…

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Captain’s Log – Captain’s Day Off

Photo courtesy of The National Sailing Hall of Fame The National Sailing Hall of Fame, based in Annapolis, and the Sydney Flying Squadron collaborated to put on a regatta for the Hall of Fame’s sandbaggers and the traditional Aussie 18 foot skiffs that the Squadron sails. They shipped three of the skiffs (Alruth, Aberdare, and Australia IV), all reproductions of…

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Captain’s Log — CBMM: Home Away from Home

Friday, August 11, 2017 — What a lovely home away from home it is for Pride whenever she is able to visit the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) in St. Michaels, Maryland! Like-minded folk for all things Chesapeake Bay historical watercraft have great appreciation for each other’s efforts in the preservation and re-creation of the unique watercraft of the Chesapeake…

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Captain’s Log – The Rocket’s Red Glare

The Rocket’s Red Glare We’ve all heard the National Anthem hundreds of times, and those of us who live and work in Baltimore have all passed Fort McHenry hundreds of times. This low, black topsail schooner, with her unique profile, is often part of the scenery of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Unless we are mindful, these things, and the many other…

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Captain’s Log – Homeward Bound

  Date: Friday, June 30, 2017 – the eve of arrival into Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, marking the end of Pride of Baltimore II’s participation in Sail Training International’s Rendez-vous 2017 Position: Anchored near mouth of the Magothy River, north of Sandy Point State Park, east of Gibson Island’s Mountain Point Homeward Bound America’s Star-Spangled Ambassador soon returns to her home…

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