2021 PRIDE OF BALTIMORE II Star-Spangled Banner Trail Ambassador Sail

A tall ship sails between two bridges
The PRIDE OF BALTIMORE II sails by the Chesapeake Bay Bridge in March 2021. credit: David Sites
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.
 

Schedule

Dates 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

Chestertown, MD

June 25 - June 27
As America's Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail Ambassador, PRIDE II will sail into Chestertown on June 25 & be dockside through the weekend.

FRIDAY, JUNE 25, 2021
11 AM – Arrival

SATURDAY, JUNE 26, 2021
9 AM – Coffee with the Captain (virtual).
Grab a cup of coffee & tune into facebook.com/prideII
3:30-5 PM – FREE deck tours, NPS rangers, and junior ranger activities; 1812 Living history & interpretive displays featuring the Chesapeake Independent Blues

SUNDAY, JUNE 27, 2021
10 AM-Noon - FREE DECK TOURS, NPS rangers and junior ranger activities; 1812 Living history & interpretive displays featuring the Chesapeake Independent Blues

MONDAY, JUNE 28, 2021
Ship Departs (time TBD)

St. Michaels, MD

August 6 - August 8

Solomons, MD

September 3 - September 6

Baltimore, MD

September 18- September 19

Georgetown, MD /Fredericktown, MD

October

 

Previous Port Visits

 
A tall ship docked in Annapolis Maryland
The PRIDE OF BALTIMORE II in Annapolis, MD, March 20, 2021. Credit: David Sites

Annapolis, MD

March 19-21

The season debut!

Pride of Baltimore II and the National Park Service began the 2021 Ambassador Sail season with a visit to Annapolis for the Maryland Day Celebration. On Saturday, Pride II arrived in Annapolis midday at the long dock just across from City Dock.

While there were no deck tours or day sails (due to COVID), visitors were invited to walk out to view PRIDE II Saturday and Sunday and an educational shore side display focused on the War of 1812, privateers, and the Star-Spangled Banner Trail was set-up near the ship in the City Dock parking lot.

Also, several virtual programs were offered throughout the weekend including: an introductory and overview video, "Coffee with the Captain," "Women of the Chesapeake Campaign," "Black Privateers During the War of 1812" and a tour of Pride of Baltimore II. Visit the Trail's calendar of events for more information about these programs.

Learn more about the War of 1812 story in Annapolis.

 
The Pride of Baltimore II historic schooner sits at the dock of Maryland Dove.
The Pride of Baltimore II in Historic St. Mary's City in April 2021. Credit NPS.

St. Mary’s City, MD

April 23 - April 25

Pride 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.
 
The Pride II as it sailed into Havre de Grace.
The Pride of Baltimore II sailing into Havre de Grace.

Image Credit: Pat Venturino

Havre de Grace, MD

May 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.
 
Pride II near the dock in Cambridge, Maryland
The Pride of Baltimore II docks on a sunny day in Cambridge, MD.

Credit: NPS

Cambridge, MD

Memorial Day Weekend, May 29-31

Welcome aboard!

The Pride of Baltimore II was happy to welcome visitors onboard for the first time this season for both deck tours and an NPS supported partnership sail. While the weather did not cooperate Saturday, the skies cleared up Sunday and Monday to make for beautiful and brisk sailing.

A National Park ranger led an interpretive program aboard the partnership sail, the Choptank Lighthouse was open for tours, the Chesapeake Independent Blues led living history demonstrations and visitors learned from an educational shore side display focused on the War of 1812.

Learn more about the War of 1812 on the Eastern Shore here.

Last updated: June 16, 2021

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