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Thomas Gillmer ~ 1911 to 2009

Fair Winds and God Speed It is with great sadness that we remember Thomas Gillmer, renowned naval architect, professor, and long-time friend of Pride of Baltimore, Inc. who has passed away.  The designer of both Pride of Baltimore ships, as well as many other vessels, Thomas Gillmer leaves in his wake the legacy of all his great works. The Annapolis…

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PRIDE’s 2009 sailing season ends…

Last Wednesday (November 18th), around mid-day PRIDE’s crew for the end of the 2009 sailing season said goodbye and everyone headed away to pursue their personal lives. PRIDE remains floating and secure inside a lagoon of docks. She rests under a white plastic winter cover, spread over a wooden frame mounted on her bulwark rail cap, protecting her from precipitation and sunlight.…

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Crew working diligently despite rainy weather

PRIDE OF BALTIMORE II winterizing efforts continue steadily in spite of the continued rain. Winterizing PRIDE involves more than just being sure plumbing does not freeze. All of PRIDE’s extra spars and rigging come down before a wooden winter cover frame is assembled to support a plastic shield protecting PRIDE from rain, snow, ice and sun. The process of assembling that…

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Rig-down and Winterizing Lay-up

Pride of Baltimore II is tied up next to her winter berth 1910 S. Clinton St. in Baltimore…near Canton for those familiar with City. The crew have been unloading ship’s stores and spares and restoring them ashore in Pride’s storage containers. Sails are in the process of being cut from their lashings and taken ashore for detailed inspection before being folded and stored.…

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PRIDE leads Chesapeake Bay race fleet accross finish line…

Pride and her crew managed to get a pretty good start in the 2009 Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race, which enabled her to lead her southern Chesapeake Bay sister Virginia over the finish line. Pride crossed at 03:43:20 Friday morning, October 16, 2009. Virginia was in hot pursuit of Pride for all but the last 8 nautical miles of the race. After the start…

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Alongside Pier I, Inner Harbor, Baltimore

Wind East Northeast Force 4, gusting 5, Occasional Rain. Pride II is fresh back from a first for the vessel – an underway program with fourth grade age students from a Baltimore After-School Program. Sixteen extremely exuberant students, each with an accompanying adult, came sailing on this blustery and occasionally rainy evening. We originally expected that the sail would just…

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O’ Say Can You See!

Wind West North West Force 3, Light Rain Maneuvers, Maneuvers! Twelve tacks and two wears/gybes in the course of two Day Sails. Pride IIwas a making victory laps off Fort McHenry to mark the 195th Anniversary of the Battle for Baltimore. As nemesis to British shipping during the War of 1812, the Baltimore Clippers that were Pride II’sancestors infuriated the…

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