CAPTAIN'S LOG: Thanks Volunteers!

See photo below of “crossed” course-yard.

PRIDE is now looking rather more like she normally looks. Many thanks Volunteers that assisted with a lot of the “heavy lifting”!!!

In the foreground it can be seen there are not as many ship related hardware left still sitting “on the hard” as there once was. Still a lot to do before going sailing.

We are now finishing up some details to the course-yard rigging and the top-yard rigging. Meanwhile the mainsail boom dressing is underway in preparation of hoisting aboard.

Maybe the boom will go aboard today? Anyone want to come assist??? 😎 If not today, Saturday

Either way, this weekend there will be plenty for anyone interested to assist.

Once the mainsail boom is aboard the mainsail itself will need to be bent on. That involves quite a bit of detailed tying on of sail to hoops and boom and gaff. Not to mention hoisting that heavy sail aboard before being able to bend’er on.

The CHASSEUR loaded aboard.

The rubber “rescue” boat rigged up and loaded aboard.

Engine-room equipment testing and emergency systems check.

Like all boats in “spring-time re-commissioning” there is plenty to do till all is done. And time keeps running on by. The sooner we accomplish re-commissioning, the sooner sailing is available.

To our volunteers that have already assisted, many, many thanks!!! Altogether you have added up to a tremendous boost to this year’s hired crew productivity for meeting the accelerated deadline of escorting under sail the French Frigate L’HERMIONE into Baltimore’s Inner Harbor come early morning Friday June 19th.

With still more to do before practice sails early next week, we have hopes for continued assistance from any of you that know rather intimately what is involved with recommissioning PRIDE.

Again, our sincere thanks!!!

Crossed Court Yard

CAPTAIN'S LOG: Crossed Square-Topsail Yard Sunday

View the photo below and enjoy the most visible proof of PRIDE’s Rig-Up 2015 progress.

We crossed the top-yard before lunch Sunday. All hands given Sunday afternoon off after clean-up after lunch. First short work day since May 11th start of the great unwrapping. Been going 7-day work weeks since start. With luck ought to be trial-sailing next week before USCG Inspection just before arrival of French Frigate L’HERMIONE to Baltimore.
Obvious to all more to do before trial sailing. Come join us? Email me at jan@pride2.org. Thanks!Crew and Volunteers

See Pride of Baltimore Rendezvous with the Hermione!

Pride of Baltimore by Jeff Woods

Greetings!

You’re invited to an event of International proportions! On Friday, June 19, 2015, America’s Star-Spangled Ambassador, Pride of Baltimore II, will rendezvous with the French-built Hermione. You may have heard about the Hermione recently on TV. In April, Hermione departed from France on a two-month Living History Sail to commemorate the voyage that brought a young Marquis de Lafayette to aid General George Washington during the American Revolution.

 

The Hermione is sailing 3,819 miles across the Atlantic and will make landfall in Yorktown, Virginia in early June. She will then sail up the coast retracing Lafayette’s footsteps, including a historic stop here in Baltimore!

 

Lafayette was just 19 years old when he volunteered to fight for the American Revolution. It was because of him that the King of France sent 5,000 soldiers and six ships to aid in the battle, and, eventually, help defeat the British. Pride of Baltimore II is proud to partake in the Hermione’s historic voyage and to welcome her with open arms to Baltimore, a city itself that is deeply rooted in American history.
 
 

Take Part In the Excitement!

Hermione Hits the Atlantic, courtesy Hermione

 

Beginning at 7 am on June 19, the Captains of both vessels will meet near the Key Bridge and Fort McHenry. Pride will then escort the Hermione to the Inner Harbor. There will be a cannon salute from Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine as the ships enter the Harbor.

 

The best vantage points to see the ships enter the Inner Harbor will be from:
 
-Broadway Pier in Fells Point (900 S. Broadway), and
-Tidepoint (1040 Hull St.)

 

Welcome Ceremony

 
A Welcome Ceremony with French and American dignitaries will take place there at 10 am at the Inner Harbor’s Constellation Pier 1 (301 E. Pratt Street). This ceremony will kick off a weekend of fun activities, day sails and deck tours, so you won’t want to miss it!

 

Free Tours, Day Sails and More

 
Deck Tours of the Hermione and Pride of Baltimore II will be available from Friday, June 19 through Sunday, June 21. In addition, Pride will offer 2-hour public day sails from 2-4pm each day, but get your tickets early, as they are sure to sell out! In addition, can be chartered for evening sails Friday, Saturday and Sunday. To make reservations for a day sail or to book a private charter for a group of up to 33 passengers, visit www.pride2.org or call 410-539-1151.

 

The complete Schedule of Weekend Events is as follows:

 

Friday, June 19, 2015

– 10 am – 12pm Welcome Ceremony with French and American officials
– 12 pm – 4pm: Public Tours of the Hermione
– 12 pm – 1pm: Public Tours of Pride
– 2 pm – 4pm: Pride Public Sail: Click here to purchase tickets
– 12 pm – 4pm: Traveling Exhibit and Community Events on the Pier
o Traveling Exhibit:
A photographic panel display of Lafayette’s role in the American Revolution and the Hermione’s reconstruction.
o Community Heritage events:
Historic shipbuilding and colonial crafts demonstrations. Maryland regiments and fife and drum corps. Lafayette reenactments. 3 afternoon interlude concerts by Rochefort’s Les Vents Marines: French and American seafaring songs from the American Revolution to today with public sing-a-longs.
Location: Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, Constellation Pier 1 (301 E. Pratt Street) and the West Wall (301 Light Street)

 

Saturday, June 20, 2015

– 9 am – 4pm: Public Tours of the Hermione
– 9 am – 1 pm: Public Tours of Pride
– 2 pm – 4 pm: Pride Public Sail: Click here to purchase tickets
– 9 am – 7 pm: Traveling Exhibit and Community Events on the Pier
o Traveling Exhibit:
A photographic panel display of Lafayette’s role in the American Revolution and the Hermione’s reconstruction.
o Community Heritage events:
Historic shipbuilding and colonial crafts demonstrations. Maryland regiments and fife and drum corps. Lafayette reenactments. 3 afternoon interlude concerts by Rochefort’s Les Vents Marines: French and American seafaring songs from the American Revolution to today with public sing-a-longs.
Location: Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, Constellation Pier 1 (301 E. Pratt Street) and the West Wall (301 Light Street)

 

Sunday, June 21, 2015

– 9 am – 4pm: Public Tours of the Hermione
– 9 am – 1pm: Public Tours of Pride
– 2 pm – 4pm: Pride Public Sail: Click here to purchase tickets
– 9 am – 7 pm: Traveling Exhibit and Community Events on the Pier
o Traveling Exhibit:
A photographic panel display of Lafayette’s role in the American Revolution and the Hermione’s reconstruction.
o Community Heritage events:
Historic shipbuilding and colonial crafts demonstrations. Maryland regiments and fife and drum corps. Lafayette reenactments. 3 afternoon interlude concerts by Rochefort’s Les Vents Marines: French and American seafaring songs from the American Revolution to today with public sing-a-longs.
Location: Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, Constellation Pier 1 (301 E. Pratt Street) and the West Wall (301 Light Street)

See you in June!

Sincerely,

Rick Scott,
Executive Director
Pride of Baltimore, Inc.

Purchase Day Sail Tickets Here

 

CAPTAIN'S LOG: Thanks Volunteers – We Continue to Need You!

We’ve had plenty of good assistance from volunteers, and while we continue to seek help as the uprigging process continues, I want to take a moment to thank everyone who has volunteered so far. Several of whom are local to the Baltimore region & came for the day… sometimes several days over the past week. Some volunteers came from far away and stayed for a few or more days. Many thanks to all of you!!! It can be seen by the attached photos that there is still lots to do, yet it can also be seen that lots has been done.

Over the latter part of last week and over this last weekend the topmasts were sent up to their “housed” positions and are ready to be dressed before sending up to be “fidded”. Also, the jib-boom rigging is nearly completed. Also lots of square yard and mainsail boom dressing has been done. To resolve the concern of possible confusion of labeling, all gear for any particular spar being prepared has been brought out to the light of day for examination and laid out in an order that makes clear everything has been identified, that nothing is missing, or not yet put back together for use after winter maintenance.
Starting this week, we are tightening the jib-boom stays (some might refer to as whiskers) and back-ropes. Then tie-off (seize) the lanyards. Also set up the jib stay tackle. Also start dressing the topmasts for sending up. That will take a while. Today looks like rain. So… we will wait a bit for the front to pass through.
Meanwhile there is also the final dressing of the yards. Topsail-yard to get square fore-topsail bent onto and furled upon prior to sending up. Course yard to receive studding sail booms before being sent up.
Always there are onboard details to attend to.
So, for all you who have helped and want to help, please come on down! Sail boats are fun! Especially archaic ones!! 😎

Simply email me at Jan@pride2.org

-Captain Jan Miles

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