(Updated March 7, 2018)
As many of our friends and supporters know, Pride has faced significant financial challenges over the years, given the expenses associated with maintaining a wood tall ship and supporting its operations and programs.
We are currently at a financial crossroads. If we are not able to secure sufficient funding in the coming weeks and months, we may need to lay the vessel up until sufficient funding can be secured. We made a public announcement on February 5 urging our friends, the general public, and the business community to express support and to donate. We have also requested a renewed commitment of funding from both city and state government.
Pride II underwent maintenance through mid-February, regular winter maintenance and some 30-year refit projects. The ship is docked at her maintenance berth under her winter cover, now being watched by Captain Miles and a few volunteers, where she may remain for the season, unless sufficient funding is secured for a sailing season. (Read Captain Miles' latest log.)
How can you help?
1. We urge you to show support for Pride and make a donation if you are able. If you are already a Pride donor, please consider making an additional donation. Please consider joining our Privateer Society as a monthly donor, if you are not already a member.
2. Share your Pride stories with the world via your social networks! Let people know what Pride means to you and why you think Pride is valuable to the city and the state. Please be sure to mention or tag Pride of Baltimore @prideofbalt.
3. Sign up to volunteer in some capacity.
4. Subscribe to Sail Mail, our e-news, so that you receive updates right in your inbox.
We understand that you may have questions regarding this news, so we have prepared some Q & A to answer them. Click here to download the Q & A. Watch for future Sail Mails in your inbox for updates. If you are not already a Sail Mail subscriber, sign up now. We will also keep this page updated.
Thank you in advance for your support of Pride. We are hopeful that, together, we can keep our Pride sailing for another thirty years!