All is quiet….for the moment.

The sailing crew is gone. PRIDE is clean and stripped and under cover. The taken down spars are under a redesigned plastic Quonset hut. Thanksgiving is past. There is now a small winter work crew coming daily to work on a list of special projects and routine projects. Captain Trost is energized to lead this winter’s crew while I provide some logistical support and help with planning.

Taking PRIDE apart is a detailed routine that requires as much attention to detail as does operating PRIDE during the sailing season. Were we to be haphazard about the rig-down and storing ashore of ship equipment the winter crew would be faced with a nightmare of inefficiency as they try to do the work they are meant to do. The assembly of the ship’s winter cover frame and the assembly of a redesigned “sparlandia” shed takes a significant amount of time on top of getting PRIDE unrigged and unloaded. Spreading plastic efficiently and properly is somewhat weather dependent. Overall, the process of transitioning PRIDE from a commissioned and operational state to a secure and winter stored state requires considerable focus by both captains and the entire crew for at least three seven day weeks.

All ended well and on schedule Wednesday November 23rd at 1600 hours. By 1700 hours all were on their way to wherever they would be spending Thanksgiving. Another busy sailing season completed in good order.

Jan C. Miles, Captain

Happy Thanksgiving

We give thanks for all the friends, admirers and supporters of
Pride of Baltimore II. 
We wish you a safe and healthy holiday!

Pride of Baltimore II Fall Crew (l to r):  Larua Cavender, John Pickering, Dave Kelly, Sarah Whittam, Meredith Spratt, Thanos Economides, Hannah Mahan, Ryan Graham, Barbara Krasinski, Jan Miles, Sarah Martin, Jamie Trost and Dave Clemens.

Call to Arms for Volunteer Winter Crew

Every winter, Pride of Baltimore II removes all her running rigging and spars for an intense overhaul. During this “Winter Maintenance” period, blocks are serviced and, along with the spars, varnished; standing rigging is tarred and inspected and numerous other details are looked after. It’s a full plate for a skeleton crew. And on the eve of the War of 1812 Bicentennial, we are sounding the call for volunteers to assist us. This is a first for Pride of Baltimore, Inc., the non-profit that for three decades has been caretaker of the ship.

Spar Varnishing

Just as it is for the ship, the reward for all involved in the gritty work of maintaining Pride IIover the winter is to experience her sailing again in the spring. Dedicated volunteers will earn a daysail aboard Pride II once she is up rigged underway again.

While previous wooden boat maintenance skills are greatly welcomed, all Pride II volunteers really need is enthusiasm. Our professional crew will provide on the job direction and supervision as you work alongside them. Typical projects include:

Spar Varnishing: All of Pride II’s spars except the lower masts and bowsprit are varnished, and keeping up the glow requires multiple coats each winter. Usually, chafed and word areas are given special attention and are “patch” coated to catch them up with the rest of the spar. Then the entire spar is coated three times for cosmetic appeal and protection from ultra violet damage. 

Block Care

Block Care: Pride II’sblocks are a key component to the rig, as they provide the mechanical advantage for raising and handling the sails. In addition to the varnishing regiment the spars receive, the blocks are also dismantled and serviced on a rotating basis so that their sheaves and pins can be inspected. Re-assembly requires the use of traditional seizings to keep the blocks in their rope strops. Pride II crew will teach you the intricate traditional skill of seizing.

Standing rigging overhaul: The wire rigging that supports Pride II’s upper rigging is wire brushed to clean of rust and grime, then coated with a protective mixture. Parts of this rigging are “served,” or wound, in small diameter hemp marline. This marline is coated in tar to preserve both it and the rigging. This winter, an inspection of the splices in the standing rigging will see some of this service removed, and involved volunteers will learn this process.

Engineering: Pride II will be lifting up both of its engines this winter for inspection and maintenance. While the ship’s engineer will be running the project, assistance – from expert mechanic to eager to learn tool “gopher” – will be greatly appreciated.

Please contact us if you are interested in lending a hand.  Call 410-539-1151 or email (indicate Volunteer Crew in the subject line).  Any and all skill levels are appreciated.