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March 28, 2016
April 03, 2016
Maritime Light and Innovation: History, Mystery, and Lore Come aboard "Pride of Baltimore II," a reconstruction of an early 19th-century Baltimore Clipper, during Light City Baltimore to learn about the history, mysteries, and lore about light and lighting aboard sailing vessels. Join us for free deck tours and participate in brief talks with "Pride"’s captain and crew. Free deck tours are available from noon to 3:00 pm daily from Monday, March 28 through Sunday, April 3. Maritime Light and Innovation: History, Mystery, and Lore talks are scheduled at 12:30, 1:30, and 2:30 each day. Baltimore Clippers, sleek, fast, and maneuverable vessels, gained fame as privateers during the War of 1812. Their success in capturing British merchant ships provoked the Royal Navy to attack Baltimore in 1814. Francis Scott Key, seeing the American flag still flying over Fort McHenry – by the light of “the rocket’s red glare,” then “by the dawn’s early light” – after the 25-hour British bombardment, was inspired to pen the “Star-Spangled Banner.” One of the most successful privateers was "Chasseur," launched from Fells Point. In a daring voyage to Great Britain, her captain declared a solo blockade of the British Isles. This caused the British Admiralty to call vessels back to the British Isles to protect their merchant ships. "Chasseur" captured or sank 17 vessels before returning home in 1815. Upon her arrival in Fells Point, she was greeted by cheering crowds and dubbed the “Pride of Baltimore.” "Pride of Baltimore II" is a reconstruction of this famous Baltimore Clipper, as was her predecessor, "Pride of Baltimore." For nearly 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. Since her commissioning in 1988, "Pride II" has sailed 250,000 nautical miles and visited more than 200 ports in 40 countries.