Captain Jan Miles
Captain Miles, an Annapolis High School graduate, has been with Pride of Baltimore, Inc. since 1981, when he joined as one of three rotating captains on the original Pride of Baltimore. He was the first to sail the original Pride across the North Atlantic to Europe and was at the helm for Pride of Baltimore II's maiden voyage in 1988. He is a tall ship master with more than 50 years of experience as a professional sailor. His voyages have included six Atlantic Ocean crossings, as well as three Pacific voyages of 5,000 miles, each taking about 25 days. He has traversed the Saint Lawrence Seaway more than a dozen times. He holds a USCG 500 Ocean Master License for Power and Sail, as well as numerous other certifications. Captain Miles has served as master or mate aboard many other vessels, including Lady Maryland, Californian, Bill of Rights, New Way, Alexandria, Brilliant, Clearwater, Elissa, Oliver Hazard Perry, and Tiare Toporo. Along the way, he also helped develop model sailing programs for youth at risk.
His accomplishments and contributions have been recognized both within and outside of the maritime community. In February 2013, Captain Miles was recognized with the Lifetime Achievement Award by Tall Ships America. In September 2005, he was the master aboard when Pride of Baltimore II suffered a catastrophic dismasting. As a result of the crew and trainees' conduct during that event, Sail Training International awarded the ship the Special Seamanship Award. Capt. Miles was named Sail Trainer of the Year by the American Sail Training Association in 2004. He has also been recognized for his efforts to shine a positive light on Maryland, having been named Marylander of the Year by the Maryland Colonial Society in 2001.
Jeffrey Crosby, Chief Mate
Jeff sailed aboard Pride II from 2008 to 2010 & served as chief mate in 2017. Jeff returns for the 2019 season after spending 2018 as captain of the schooner Margaret Todd in Bar Harbor. He has a degree in boat building from The Landing School. One of Jeff’s goals this year is to eat his 10,000th grilled cheese. Currently, at 9,857, his goal is within reach!
Shevawn Innes, Second Mate
Shevawn returns to Pride II as the second mate. She has sailed on a number of other schooners including, Mary E, Appledore II, Hindu, Pioneer, Spirit of Massachusetts, Harvey Gamage, and Westward. Shevawn has played 11 years of roller derby and her nickname is knife. When asked the origin of her nickname, she simply replied, “that’s classified.”
Phill Keenan, Cook
Phil returns for his third year as cook. With past experience in the galley aboard the Black Dog Tall Ships, Shenandoah and Alabama, Phil is a natural. A big fan of NPR, Phil is Pride's unofficial political correspondent. When he isn’t cooking, he can often be found mingling with visitors. We are happy to have Phil back and look forward to all his tasty treats!
Russel Melin, Engineer
Russel joined the ship in Midland, Ontario, this summer. He has experience sailing on Oliver Hazard Perry, Lewis R. French, Golden Leeuw, and Irving Johnson. For whatever reason, Russel is always the last one still eating at the dinner table and has traced his lineage back as far as Walter Frederick Morrison, the inventor of the plastic frisbee
Natalie Warren, Deckhand
Natalie joined the ship in the spring. Natalie has spent time sailing aboard Clearwater and Adventure. She also has experience racing dinghies. Natalie loves chocolate and has had 13 teeth pulled.
Camille Beaugard, Deckhand
Camille joined Pride II partway through the 2019 Great Lakes Voyage. She has sailed aboard Hawaiian Chieftain, Lady Washington, Eye of the Wind, and Liberty Clipper. Camille wanted to be a lion when she grew up, but fate had a different plan. There are unsubstantiated rumors that Camille was once a circus performer.
Sara Vanderleest, Deckhand
Sara is a new addition to the crew. She brings with her experience from sailing aboard Lettie G. Howard, Niagara, Lynx, and Irving Johnson. Sara is a twin and her favorite color is purple.
David Stolz, Deckhand
This is David's first season aboard Pride. He has sailed on the schooners Soundwaters, Adventure, and Bowdoin. If he was an aid to navigation, he would be a sector light. The angle grinder is his favorite power tool. Recently, he has been preferring tea over coffee.
Wilmer Martinez, Deckhand
New York, New York
Wilmer joined Pride II at the conclusion of the 2019 Great Lakes Voyage. He has sailed aboard Clipper City, Spirit of Massachusetts, Victory Chimes, J & E Riggin, Lettie G. Howard, Irving Johnson, Niagara. One of Wilmer's favorite Baltimore activities is exploring the city via scooter.
Nolan Walker, Deckhand
Nolan is a new addition to the crew. He brings with him experience from sailing aboard Picton Castle and Lady Washington. Being from West Texas, Nolan, has strong opinions on barbeque and TexMex cuisines.
Matt Thomas, Deckhand
This is Matt's first season aboard Pride. Prior to coming to Pride, Matt spent two seasons sailing Picton Castle. Fun fact, Matt has crossed the United States (coast to coast) by car 7 times. Matt is gifted with the rare ability to guess the time of day within 5 minutes of accuracy.