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CAPTAIN’S LOG: Maryland Day Activites

March 25th is Maryland Day.  380 years ago on March 25th the first official colonists landed in what was then designated as Maryland.  This year Pride of Baltimore marked this day for the first time by sailing to Annapolis to partner up with the Maryland Historical Society and Fort McHenry in commemorating both the day and the showing of the…

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Induction Ceremony of Hall of Fame Sailors by HSHOF in Annapolis

Sunday, the National Sailing Hall of Fame (NSHOF) held its third annual induction of our nation’s most celebrated sailing yacht mariners. For a backdrop to the occasion several vessels lined the Annapolis City Dock Park pier and Pride of Baltimore II stood large and rakish having sailed into town Saturday with two loud cannon salutes. Deck tours of Pride II were made available…

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THE 25TH BIRTHDAY OF PRIDE OF BALTIMORE II

25 years ago today Pride of Baltimore II was commissioned into service by the State of Maryland and I sailed her out of Baltimore as her first full-time captain. Today I remain one of her two full-time captains with Jamie Trost and am currently sailing into Cambridge, Maryland to share with 7th and 8th grade students of Dorchester County the story of…

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Life on the Hard

A vessel pulled out of the water can be described as being “on the hard.” Life for all who live aboard a vessel that has been pulled out of the water and set upon the hard is dramatically affected. For most instances of being on the hard, continuing to live aboard is not acceptable to the shipyard. This is the case for PRIDE’s crew.…

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Please Help Keep Our Ship Afloat.

PRIDE OF BALTIMORE II is tucked in for a long winter’s nap, so to speak. With spars, sails, rigging, guns, safety and accommodation gear all off-loaded, she seems large and lonely. Under the opaque shrink-wrap cover, her deck is uninterrupted by clutter, while below PRIDE II – her bunks cleared out, her shelves stripped bare – is like an empty…

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On Racing to Save the Bay

PRIDE went racing again in the annual Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race. The crew did really well and helped bring PRIDE to her 2nd in Class AA finish, in race weather that favored the slim, light weight yacht designs, and truly hindered the heavy workboat designs. Still, the two longest boats in this year’s fleet, with PRIDE being the heaviest,…

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Summer time in Pure Michigan

Summer time spent in the upper part of “lower Michigan” on the shores of Lake Michigan is to experience one of the “purer” examples of the American water based holidays to be found in America. The area is remote from big city influence. So there is a very real “normal” America feel whenever we mingle with the public aboard or…

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PRIDE II races from Cleveland with the other Tall Ships

Captain Miles goes home and Captain Trost assumes command of PRIDE OF BALTIMORE II. I am writing from home, having been relieved by Captain Jamie Trost Monday morning in Cleveland, after 24 hours of consultation during the change of command process. This process is quite involving…even for two captains that are familiar with the ship and the mission. PRIDE is…

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Sailing 10 knots toward Toronto

0930 hours Wednesday June 30, 2010 PRIDE OF BALTIMORE II is docked at Toronto’s people friendly waterfront park and residential harbor side. PRIDE helped form a mini-tall ship parade into Toronto Harbor yesterday afternoon with EUROPA and ROSEWAY. I am told there was good imagery captured by the news media helicopter that made two passes over the small fleet. The…

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