2021 PRIDE OF BALTIMORE II Star-Spangled Banner Trail Ambassador Sail
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.
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.
Previous Port Visits
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.
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."
Learn more about the Southern Maryland region during the War of 1812.
Havre de Grace, MD
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.
Learn moreabout the Upper Bay Maryland region during the War of 1812.
Memorial Day Weekend, May 29-31
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.
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.
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.
What a beautiful weekend to sail through history! We were so excited to partner with the Pride of Baltimore IIto share the local history of the War of 1812 around Solomons Island. We had a great time; Ranger Betsy even got to help raise some sails!
The weekend event included two educational day sails on Saturday and Sunday, followed by deck tours open to the public Sunday afternoon. Local author Michael Kent also presented onboard about his book, “Mulatto: The Black History of Calvert County.”
Our partner, the Calvert Marine Museum, hosted two 10-minute plays entitled “Gentleman or Traitor?” Sunday afternoon about historic events set during the Summer of 1814. The next Trail Ambassador stop will be back here in Baltimore Sept. 18-19 for Defenders' Day! Stay tuned for more details.
Pride of Baltimore II returned to Baltimore to celebrate Defenders' Day at Fort McHenry with the Star-Spangled Banner trail. Beautiful weather and fair winds made for great sailing and public deck tours all 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. Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine held living history demonstrations, cannon firings and an evening luminary walk to commemorate this year's theme of "A tribute to Baltimore: Community, Service, and Sacrifice."
Learn more about the War of 1812 in Baltimore here.
October 15 - 17
Gorgeous weather welcomed the Pride of Baltimore II into Chestertown Friday afternoon for the final Trail Ambassador sail of the 2021 season.
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.
The park ranger also led a Friday evening sail focused on the ecology of the Chesapeake Bay and the threats facing this important watershed in partnership with the Chesapeake Bay Trust.