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Captain’s Log: Winterizing Pride of Baltimore II

Deciding not to sail a sailing vessel during the cold climes of winter seems like an obvious thing, but contrarily it is not. Sure, cold weather sailing is not for the feint of heart or the ill equipped or ill prepared. To some degree that is the simple aspect of the decision…be prepared, or do not sail in cold weather! But when…

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So what’s a commissioning? #27forPride2

Whether you’re an armchair adventurer or a captain with decades of seafaring experience, there’s one thing that’s universally acknowledged: Sailing vessels are breathtakingly pretty. (Especially Pride of Baltimore II.) But Pride II is more than just a photo op. In addition to the gorgeous images we’ve been sharing from our archives, we wanted to use Pride II’s anniversary as an…

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Twenty-Seven Years of Sailing With Pride #27forPride2

Pride of Baltimore II was commissioned 27 years ago today! An excerpt from Greg Pease’s Sailing with Pride:   Pride of Baltimore II was officially commissioned on Sunday, October 23, 1988 in Fells Point, Baltimore. Hundreds crowded the docks to watch as Pride II was given orders to sail forth on her maiden voyage. Following dedications by city and state…

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CAPTAIN’S LOG: 25th Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race of 2014 – A story of the “new” schooners…

The first four vessels of the fleet bigger classes (AA, A & B) that must finish by crossing the Thimble Shoal Light finish line down at the bottom of the Chesapeake Bay represent the last 100 year technological spread of design and material. Those finishers are Woodwind, Summerwind, Brilliant, and Light Reign. Of the leading four schooners, the fully original old…

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CAPTAIN’S LOG: 200 Years Plus 3 Days After the Creation of the Star-Spangled Banner

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 Pride of Baltimore II’s crew and Captains are in post-SPECTACULAR “stand-down” mode for a couple of days. Well earned for at least the fact that all the planning for the ship for the bicentennial commemorations of the creation of the Star Spangled Banner was performed as divined, on schedule, and with ‘to be counted on’ great…

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CAPTAIN’S LOG: Sailing a big complex schooner in tight waters

Captain’s Log Thursday, August 21, 2014 Washington DC Navy Yard Pride of Baltimore II is moored at the Navy Yard in Washington DC. A 100 nautical mile trek up the Potomac River. A river that winds serpentine like as it narrows to a navigable channel only a couple of hundred feet wide. Today there are two low level bridges to pass…

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CAPTAIN’S LOG: “The Spa” aboard PRIDE OF BALTIMORE II…a rare speciality…to be found nowhere else…

Swimming, sailing, exercise, calisthenics, weights, climbing, good food, cool drinks, naps in the morning, naps in the afternoon, fantastic deserts, all day long activities, well into the evening hours. Night-sky full of stars and the occasional planet. A half moon at the moment. Ever changing view of wide open spaces remote from crowded developments. Quiet environment save for the wind…

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Captain Miles Honored as “Honorary Colonel” at Fort McHenry Military Tattoo

The experience of the Military Tattoo event on June 28th would have been amazing even without having been chosen to receive status as Honorary Colonel of the Fort McHenry Guard! Sitting with Ranger Vince Vaise on the podium, observing the four Fife and Drum Corps passing by us, was surrealistic and a great honor! I was not a member of…

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