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

Solomons, MD

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.

Friday, September 3
Noon – Approximate Arrival Time

Saturday, September 4
3:30 PM – In-person presentation onboard PRIDE II by author, Michael Kent, on his book, "Mulatto: The Black History of Calvert County."
The Calvert Marine will also be hosting their Pirate Day event from 11am-4pm.

Sunday, September 5

11 AM & 3 PM – Gentleman or Traitor?
A 10-minute play based on historical events and set in the Summer of 1814, during the War of 1812.
The British have landed at Benedict, Maryland and it is a hot summer, and foul play is afoot. Choices will be made. Will these choices be deemed honorable or traitorous? Join us at the Calvert Marine Museum and help decide!

3:30 - 5 PM – FREE Deck Tours

Monday, September 6, 2021
3:30 - 5 PM – FREE Deck Tours

Baltimore, MD

September 18- September 19

Georgetown, MD /Fredericktown, MD

October 15 - October 17

 

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.

 
A Park Ranger helps participants pull ropes on the Pride of Baltimore II.
A National Park Ranger helps participants pull a rope to raise a sail on the Pride of Baltimore II on an educational sail in Chestertown, MD.

Steve Atkinson

Chestertown, MD

June 25-28

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.

This event was in partnership with Kent County Economic & Tourism Development and the Stories of the Chesapeake Heritage Area.

 
Pride of Baltimore II in St. Michaels
Visitors learn about the War of 1812 and historic ships aboard the Pride of Baltimore II in St. Michaels, MD.

Image credit: NPS

St. Michaels, MD

August 6 - August 8

Pride of Baltimore II visited the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. the first weekend in August. Several local youth groups and their families toured the ship with an NPS park ranger and many visitors enjoyed coming onboard for free deck tours on Saturday and Sunday. In conjunction with the visit, the Chesapeake Independent Blues, a Maryland War of 1812 volunteer interpretive organization, provided living historical impressions of the citizen-soldiers from Talbot County who served in the Maryland Militia during the War of 1812.

Learn more about St. Michaels during the War of 1812.

Last updated: September 3, 2021

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