MEDIA ALERT: Media Opportunities Aboard Pride of Baltimore II During Star-Spangled Spectacular

September 9, 2014

Contact: Kate Cwiek, PR & Marketing Manager
kate@pride2.org, Office: 410-539-1170, Cell: 240-643-0316

 

MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES ABOARD PRIDE OF BALTIMORE II
DURING STAR-SPANGLED SPECTACULAR
(SEPTEMBER 10 – 16, 2014)

Opportunities for welcoming tall ships, battle sails, captain interviews, aerial photography, and more!

 

BALTIMORE, MD (September 9, 2014) — It was the ingenuity of the Fells Point shipyards and the success of Baltimore privateers, like the Pride of Baltimore II, that inspired the Royal Navy’s attack on Baltimore in 1814. When Francis Scott Key saw the American flag still flying after the all-night bombardment of Fort McHenry, he was inspired to pen the “Star-Spangled Banner.” Star-Spangled Spectacular is a festival in Baltimore, September 10-16, celebrating the 200th anniversary of our National Anthem. Tall ships, Navy gray hulls and the Blue Angels will come to the Inner Harbor, and there will be live musical performances, living history demonstrations, and once in a lifetime opportunities aboard Pride. Pride captains have expertise in the maritime War of 1812 and are available for live interviews.

Wednesday, September 10

Visiting Ships Welcome Sail
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Baltimore Marine Center at Lighthouse Point
2775 Lighthouse Point East, Baltimore, MD 21224
Media Spots Available: 4

Pitch: Cover the grand arrival of visiting ships to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor during a two-hour sail. No other tall ship will be offering sails during this time.

Visiting Ships Welcome Sail
2 PM – 4 PM
Baltimore Marine Center at Lighthouse Point
2775 Lighthouse Point East, Baltimore, MD 21224
Media Spots Available: 4

Pitch: Cover the grand arrival of visiting ships to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor during a two-hour sail. No other tall ship will be offering sails during this time.

Thursday, September 11

Deck Tours
11 AM – 5 PM
Constellation Pier, Inner Harbor
301 E. Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21202
Media Spots Available: unlimited

Pitch: A deck tour is the ultimate way to explore Pride’s deck, learn about past and present life aboard topsail schooner privateers, and interact with her passionate and knowledgeable crew. Pride captains have expertise in the maritime War of 1812 and are available for live interviews.

Friday, September 12

Deck Tours
11 AM – 1 PM
Constellation Pier, Inner Harbor
301 E. Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21202
Media Spots Available: unlimited

Pitch: A deck tour is the ultimate way to explore Pride’s deck, learn about past and present life aboard topsail schooner privateers, and interact with her passionate and knowledgeable crew. Pride captains have expertise in the maritime War of 1812 and are available for live interviews.

Saturday, September 13

“Joining the Battle” Sail
8 AM – 10 AM
Constellation Pier, Inner Harbor
301 E. Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21202
Media Spots Available: 4

Pitch: Francis Scott Key and Pride of Baltimore II will sail out under a flag of truce to meet the British Fleet off Fort McHenry. This real-time tour will mark the 200th anniversary of the beginning of the Battle of Baltimore. Privateer Lynx will anchor and exchange salutes with Fort McHenry, as Pride delivers Key to negotiate for the return of Dr. Beanes.

Star-Spangled Concert Kick-off Sail
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Baltimore Marine Center Boatel & Yard
1800 S. Clinton Street, Baltimore, MD 21224
Media Spots Available: 10

Pitch: View visiting ships from the water. Sail between Dominos Sugar and Constellation Pier, and then tie to a holding station off Pier 6 between 7:45 PM and 8:15 PM at the launch of the National Broadcast. This is an opportunity to come aboard and see the harbor from a different perspective.

Star-Spangled Fireworks Reception
8:30 PM – 10:30 PM
Baltimore Marine Center Boatel & Yard
1800 S. Clinton Street, Baltimore, MD 21224
Media Spots Available: 10

Pitch: Come aboard for a two-hour dockside opportunity aboard Pride for a waterfront view of Grucci’s pyrotechnic fireworks that are to be the glittering highlight of Star-Spangled Spectacular, marking the 200th anniversary of our National Anthem. On-site parking available.

Sunday, September 14

“Lost in the Fog” Sail
12 AM – 2 PM
Baltimore Marine Center Boatel & Yard
1800 S. Clinton Street, Baltimore, MD 21224
Media Spots Available: 4

Pitch: With Captain Trost and Captain Miles, Rangers Vince Vaise, and Jim Bailey from Fort McHenry aboard as special guest interpreters, this real-time tour will have Pride motoring along the “Ferry Branch” of the Patapsco River, tracing the final British attempt to take the Fort under cover of darkness.

“Star-Spangled” (Reenactment) Sail
7:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Baltimore Marine Center Boatel & Yard
1800 S. Clinton Street, Baltimore, MD 21224
Media Spots Available: 4

Pitch: Experience the grandeur of the Star-Spangled Banner hoisted over Fort McHenry from the same waters where Francis Scott Key was inspired to write our National Anthem. Today, in the company of 10 other traditional ships, we will sail to the waters where Key witnessed both the intense bombardment and the triumphant raising of the 42 x 30 foot flag over the Fort.

Blue Angels Air Show Day Sail
2 PM – 4 PM
Vane Brothers
2100 Frankfurst Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21226
Media Spots Available: 2

Pitch: Come aboard for one of the most awe-inspiring and patriotic events taking place during Spectacular – a two-hour sail while the Blue Angels soar overhead performing multiple acts above the waters of Fort McHenry.

Star-Spangled Evening Sail
6 PM – 8 PM
Constellation Pier, Inner Harbor
301 E. Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21202
Media Spots Available: 4

Pitch: Weather depending, could be perfect lighting at sunset to view Pride and visiting ships. Can come aboard for the two-hour sail.

Monday, September 15

“Tour the Tall Ships” Sail
8 AM – 10 PM
Constellation Pier, Inner Harbor
301 E. Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21202
Media Spots Available: 4

Pitch: Come aboard America’s Star-Spangled Ambassador and get an up close and personal view of the visiting vessels as only you can do from the water. Pride will take you through a guided tour of the Harbor, pointing out each of the ships.

Free Deck Tours
11 AM – 5 PM
Constellation Pier, Inner Harbor
301 E. Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

Pitch: A deck tour is the ultimate way to explore Pride’s deck, learn about past and present life aboard topsail schooner privateers, and interact with her passionate and knowledgeable crew.

Star-Spangled Evening Sail
6 PM – 8 PM
Constellation Pier, Inner Harbor
301 E. Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21202
Media Spots Available: 4

Pitch: Weather depending, could be perfect lighting at sunset to view Pride and visiting ships. Can come aboard for the two-hour sail.

Tuesday, September 16

Tall Ship Departure Sail
10 AM – 12 PM (subject to change)
Constellation Pier, Inner Harbor
301 E. Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21202
Media Spots Available: 4

Pitch: Experience the departure of tall ships from Baltimore’s Inner Harbor during an exclusive two-hour sail aboard Pride. Vessels will depart with Pride leading the way. Arial and on-board photography opportunities available.

About the Pride of Baltimore

The Pride of Baltimore’s mission is to promote historical maritime education, foster economic development and tourism, and represent the people of Maryland in every port she visits. Pride of Baltimore II is a reconstruction of an early 19th century Baltimore Clipper. These sleek, fast, and maneuverable vessels became famous as privateers during the War of 1812. Their success in capturing British merchant ships inspired the Royal Navy’s attack on Baltimore in 1814. When Francis Scott Key saw the American flag still flying after the all-night bombardment of Fort McHenry, he was inspired to pen the “Star-Spangled Banner.”

2014 is the first year in many that Pride will remain in local waters – traveling to as many Maryland ports as possible throughout the Star-Spangled Summer of 2014, celebrating the 200th anniversary of our National Anthem. Since her commissioning in October of 1988, Pride has traveled over 250,000 nautical miles, visited 40 countries, and docked in over 200 ports of call. For more information on Pride’s sailing schedule, education initiatives, or membership program, please visit www.pride2.org

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