Spring Sailabration, Celebrating 40 Years of Pride in Baltimore April 27, 2017

Pride of Baltimore, Inc. is celebrating 40 years of Pride in Baltimore with their inaugural Spring Sailabration on Thursday, April 27, 2017, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Baltimore Museum of Industry (BMI), 1415 Key Highway.

Pride friends and family, as well as local business leaders, will come together on the waterfront to celebrate 40 years of Pride. Guests will enjoy live music by The Eastport Oyster Boys, heavy hors d’oeuvres and drinks from local establishments, both a live and a silent auction, and great company. Pride II will be docked outside of the BMI open for guests to board for a deck tour.

We have some great auction items, including a Pride of Baltimore II pennant. View the list of all the auction items. One lucky guest will leave with a Destination Baltimore tour from Charm City Helicopters.

Business attire is suggested. Tickets are $125 each and available online until noon on April 27.

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40 Years of Pride in Baltimore: The Story

In 1975, the City of Baltimore adopted a proposal for the construction of a replica sailing vessel as the centerpiece of its Inner Harbor revitalization efforts. An iconic clipper ship was chosen because of the pivotal role Baltimore privateer vessels played in the War of 1812.

Pride of Baltimore, the first Baltimore Clipper to be built in 150 years, and the first tall ship to represent a city and a state, was commissioned on May 1, 1977, in a ceremony at the Inner Harbor attended by thousands. During her nine years at sea, between her maiden voyage to Bermuda, New York, and Nova Scotia in 1977, to her final European voyage in 1986, Pride of Baltimore extended the hand of friendship to countless visitors. Altogether, she logged more than 150,000 nautical miles, equal to six times around the globe. She sailed further in nine years than most sailing vessels travel in their lifetimes.

On her way home from a successful European campaign, Pride of Baltimore was struck by a microburst squall north of Puerto Rico. Within minutes, the schooner sank; the ship, her captain, and three crew members were lost at sea.

After the tragic sinking of Pride of Baltimore, an outpouring of unsolicited public support all but forced Pride of Baltimore, Inc. into going forward with a new ship. By late summer of 1986, plans for a replacement were under way. The ship was to be named Pride of Baltimore II and serve as a sailing memorial to the original Pride.

Pride of Baltimore II was hoisted aloft and launched from her Inner Harbor birthplace on April 30, 1988. After being fitted out and rigged, she was commissioned on October 23, 1988, at Brown’s Wharf in Fells Point, just blocks from the shipyard where Chasseur, the original “Pride of Baltimore,” had been built in 1812. Since her commissioning, Pride II has sailed over 250,000 nautical miles and visited more than 200 ports in 40 countries in North, South, and Central America; Europe; and Asia.

For four decades, these modern-day “prides” of Baltimore have promoted historical maritime education, fostered economic development and tourism, and represented the people of Maryland in ports throughout the world.


Spring Sailabration Sponsors and Partners

Thank you to all of our sponsors making Spring Sailabration possible!

Pride of Baltimore, Inc. is pleased to have BGE on board as the presenting sponsor of Spring Sailabration 2017.

BGE, founded in 1816 as the nation’s first gas utility, is Maryland’s largest natural gas and electric utility. Headquartered in Baltimore, BGE delivers power to more than 1.25 million electric customers and more than 650,000 natural gas customers in central Maryland. The company’s approximately 3,200 employees are committed to the safe and reliable delivery of natural gas and electricity, as well as enhanced energy management, conservation, environmental stewardship and community assistance. The company also has an estimated annual economic impact of $5 billion of output in its service area, supporting more than 9,500 local jobs and producing $923 million in labor income. BGE is a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), the nation’s leading competitive energy provider. Like BGE on Facebook and follow BGE on Twitter, YouTube,  and Flickr.

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Thank you to our food and beverage partners providing the delicious food and refreshing libations!