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March Madness with PRIDE

Pride of Baltimore II alondside her winter berth in Canton Friday, March 16, 2012 March is here and the “madness” is in full swing.  The first part of March is when the newly boarded sailing crew convert PRIDE II from her winter covered state to her rigged up state. This involves uncovering the ship and reinstalling her rig. Uncovering the ship cannot…

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A Tale of Two Captains

March 9, 2012 PRIDE OF BALTIMORE II alongside her Winter Berth at Clinton Street Winter cover removed; Sparlandia Dismantled This time of year, PRIDE OF BALTIMORE II is in her transformation phase; the period of time where she is awakened from her winter cocoon by the Spring crew who anxiously and eagerly look to put her back together so they…

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The “Pride Spring” has arrived!

2 March 2012 Alongside her Winter Berth at Clinton Street Inhabited by Crew for first time since November 2011 A year ago, news services around the globe were a-twitter with the new catch phrase “Arab Spring.” And while it came without public unrest, without violence and involved just over one-hundred people, Pride of Baltimore II’s recent transformation from a sleeping…

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Winter Maintenance ~ Work is Well Under Way

PRIDE II is under her cocoon of white shrink wrap plastic spread over her wooden frame that bridges her deck fore & aft and rail to rail. Her spars (yards, topmasts, gaffs, boom) are ashore under their own cocoon of white shrink wrap plastic spread over quonset hut shaped wooden re-enforced plastic frame. There is a 6 foot x 8…

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Call to Arms for Volunteer Winter Crew

Every winter, Pride of Baltimore II removes all her running rigging and spars for an intense overhaul. During this “Winter Maintenance” period, blocks are serviced and, along with the spars, varnished; standing rigging is tarred and inspected and numerous other details are looked after. It’s a full plate for a skeleton crew. And on the eve of the War of…

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At last…quiet, calm as we head up the Potomac

At 4 AM this morning, after 34 hours of steady motoring for a distance of 268 nautical miles (7.8 knot average) against a steady 25 to 30 knots of wind, PRIDE was able to stop motoring at the Patuxent River and sail into the Potomac River after breakfast this morning. The above represents an atypical grind for PRIDE. Very fortunately,…

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Landfall, Gloucestering, Bean-town and New York Bound

6 October, 2011 Pos: 41 07.1’N x 072 39.5’W Wx: WNW F2, Seas calm, Sunny PRIDE OF BALTIMORE II made landfall in Portland, Maine, five days ago. I can hear what you’re thinking – if you were so early getting the boat to the US, why is the blog so late? Well the interim days have been a bit of a…

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Reaching for New England

29 September, 2011 Pos: 42 55.2’N x 067 46.0’W Wx: SxW F5, Seas 3-5′ Overcast Pride of Baltimore II left Lunenburg yesterday morning after a few great days of revelry with the crews of two great schooners and one outstanding barque. From the time we secured and cleared back into customs on Sunday night, there was a sense of excitement along…

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Diverting for. . . Weather?

Position: Rafted Alongside the Barque Picton Castle, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia Wx: W F 1, Clear, Way too warm to be Nova Scotia September 26, 2011 Sunday, September 25 was a glorious day for weather, schooners and sailing camaraderie. After alternately sailing and motoring in nearly clockwork fashion of 12 hour stretches through fog, light air and misty rain, since locking…

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Too Busy for Blogs and Setting Up for Southerlies

22 September 2011 Pos: 48 12.2’N x 064 02.9’W Wx: South F 1, seas calm, 3/8 Stratus in the Southeast Distance When I last wrote and said we had sailing to do, I had no idea how intense an understatement I was making. We had a forecast, past the pilot station, for Southwest and West winds of decent strength, and…

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