In 2021, the National Park Service is partnering with the Pride of Baltimore, Inc. to provide engaging experiences for visitors at Chesapeake Bay ports along the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail.
The tall ship Pride of Baltimore II will serve as a sailing Trail ambassador to engage visitors in the history of the people and places in the Chesapeake during the War of 1812. Free interpretive programs and a new traveling exhibit will help both organizations to connect with underserved communities and expand recreational opportunities throughout the Bay.
ScheduleDates listed below are tentative. As details are confirmed, we will update the information. You can also find updates on PRIDE OF BALTIMORE II's website or Facebook page.
Upcoming Port Visits
September 3 - September 6
Sailing the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail, PRIDE OF BALTIMORE II will be visiting Solomons in partnership with the National Park Service, Southern Maryland Heritage Area, & the Calvert Marine Museum. The ship will arrive in Solomons the morning of Friday, September 3, & will dock near Fishermen's Wharf. The public is invited to walk out to view PRIDE II Friday, Saturday, & Sunday. In conjunction with the visit, the Chesapeake Independent Blues, a Maryland War of 1812 volunteer interpretive organization, will provide living historical impressions of the citizen-soldiers who served in the Maryland Militia during the War of 1812.
September 18- September 19
Georgetown, MD /Fredericktown, MD
October 15 - October 17
Previous Port Visits
The season debut!
St. Mary’s City, MD
April 23 - April 25Pride of Baltimore II arrived on the afternoon of Friday, April 23 and docked at the Maryland Dove dock. Due to COVID protocols, there were no deck tours or day sails. The public viewed Pride II Friday, Saturday, and Sunday as access to the dock and waterfront area was free of charge for the weekend.
An educational shoreside display was set-up near the ship and virtual and onsite programs were offered, including: "Coffee with the Captain," featuring local author Michael Kent; Chesapeake Independent Blues living history demonstrations; the "Gentleman or Traitor?" playlet, an interactive 10-minute play based on historical events and set in the summer of 1814 during the War of 1812; and an in-person presentation of "Mulatto: The Black History of Calvert County."
This event was in partnership with Southern Maryland Heritage Area and Historic St. Mary's City.
Learn more about the Southern Maryland region during the War of 1812.
Havre de Grace, MDMay 8-10
The Pride of Baltimore II sailed into Havre de Grace to much fanfare on Friday, May 8. A thunderstorm loomed in the distance but held off until the historic replica ship had docked, then the skies opened up. Pride of Baltimore II was docked at Hutchins Park (100 Congress Avenue), behind the city’s Saturday morning farmers market. Due to COVID protocols, there were no deck tours or day sails.
The public viewed Pride II Friday, Saturday, and Sunday as well as an educational shoreside display that was set-up near the ship.The National Park Service staffed a tent and distributed a Junior Ranger booklet especially designed for Havre de Grace, telling the story of the British raid on the town and the citizens response. Virtual programming included “Coffee with the Captain,” featuring Havre de Grace Mayor Bill Martin while on-site programming included volunteers from the Chesapeake Independent Blues who provided living history representations of the Maryland citizen-soldiers during the War of 1812.
This event was in partnership with Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway and Havre de Grace Visitor Center and Tourism.
Learn more about the Upper Bay Maryland region during the War of 1812.
Memorial Day Weekend, May 29-31
Pride II sailed into town Friday, June 25, kicking off a fun-filled weekend of on-water activities highlighting the Trail in Kent County.
Throughout the weekend, Pride II offered free deck tours and partnership day sails with park ranger-led educational programs about privateers and the African American experience. Participants experienced history first-hand raising the sails and witnessing a cannon firing demonstration. Volunteers from the Chesapeake Independent Blues also provided on-site programming through living history demonstrations of the Maryland citizen-soldiers during the War of 1812.
Learn more about the Battle of Caulk's Field and the War of 1812 on the Eastern Shore.
St. Michaels, MD
August 6 - August 8
Last updated: September 3, 2021