Pride of Baltimore II

Pride of Baltimore II

Known by sight in ports across the world, Pride of Baltimore has served as a symbol of entrepreneurial spirit, maritime prowess, and nautical craft for three and a half decades. “Baltimore built” in the style of the city’s famous War of 1812 privateers, she is an icon of America’s maritime history, representing the heritage and entrepreneurship of our nation with unmistakable flair and panache.
 

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Hours

Visit the website for the docking schedule and hours for tours.

(Note: Many places fill to capacity on busy, nice weather days, especially holiday weekends. Please call ahead or visit the official website to get the most up-to-date information before visiting.)

Fees

Prices for tours and sails vary and are available on the website.

History

Pride of Baltimore II was commissioned in 1988 to carry on the mission of her predecessor, Pride of Baltimore. Both ships were designed as reproductions of 1812-era topsail schooners, and built in the Inner Harbor of Baltimore, Maryland. Each season the vessel visits dozens of ports of call, and welcomes aboard over 100,000 people for deck tours,sailing charters, day sails, youth programs, private events and overnight guest crew experiences..

Activities

Pride II holds free open houses for the public in all ports of call she visits. During open houses, a 17 minute video is shown on the role of privateers in the War of 1812. Crew members also informally interact with visitors telling the Chesapeake Bay story. Pride II is also licensed to carry six passengers, or "guest crew," on overnight passages between ports.

Pride II also implements an intense education program. While touring in the Bay, she conducts free, one-hour, hands-on School Tours of the ship. Students learn about the role of privateers in the War of 1812 and other highlights of the maritime history of the Bay. They also learn about life aboard a tall ship by rotating among four learning stations. In addition to the School Tour program, Pride, Inc. develops curricula that are delivered to students via the Internet based on the voyages of the ship to different parts of the world. These curricula can be accessed through the Pride's web site.

Facilities

Pride II is the home of 12 crew members and up to 6 passengers for overnight and blue water passages. Facilities include berths for 18, three heads with showers, a fully equipped galley, and a large saloon. During chartered sails and receptions, caterers have access to certain facilities below deck. During public open houses, toilet facilities are provided by the host organization in dockside accommodations.

Accessibility

As a replica 1812-era privateer topsail schooner, Pride of Baltimore II is not handicapped accessible.  Access to the main deck is through a gradually sloping 10 foot gangway from the dock that requires two steps down from the railcap to the deck.  Access to the lower deck is through a 10 step companionway (ladder).

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