A maritime good will ambassador was born in Baltimore Harbor in 1977. The Baltimore Clipper ship named the Pride of Baltimore was an authentic replica of original Baltimore Clipper ships that was used during the War of 1812. Well revered by sailors, this fast clipper was a popular design that was replicated by pirates, privateers, and slave runners that wanted swift sea transportation.
In less than ten years, the Pride of Baltimore clocked more than 150,00 nautical miles on its quest as an ambassador. Tragedy hit on May 14, 1986 when the Pride of Baltimore was returning from St. Thomas, U.S.V.I. and was lost at sea with four crew members due to hurricane force winds.
Her successor, the Pride of Baltimore II set sail two years later to continue the journey of ambassadorship. Her recent stop was in Annapolis for a weekend city celebration.
The Pride II is not a replica of an exact previous vessel, but rather was built according to specifications of an original clipper with modern conveniences considered.
The Pride II is 108 feet long, with a 28 foot beam. Weighing 197 tons, this size and weight allow great sailing distances and has traveled from the United States to Europe. While in France in 2005, the entire mast was taken down by a squall in Bay of Biscay. Limping home on motor power, the Pride II was repaired and returned to service.
While taking in the incredible detail of this magnificent ship, with the perfectly varnished wood, the well placed boat ropes, winches, and so much more. I began to hear the lovely sounds of a well played guitar. Sitting on the dock next to the Pride was Andrew, a crew mate of the ship playing his custom made guitar.
The ship and its crew are truly unique. This is what adventure is all about, discovering new things, appreciating the past, meeting special people and dreaming of exploration.