What: Annapolis Maritime Museum 2013 Winter Lecture Series:
Captain Jan C. Miles, Reliving Bicentennial History in the Pride of Baltimore Schooners
When: Thursday, January 24, 2013
Time: 7:00PM – 8:30PM
Admission: Museum members $12.50; Non-members $17.50
Where: Annapolis Maritime Museum
723 Second Street
Annapolis, MD 21403
More info: www.amaritime.org
The Annapolis Maritime Museum will present the second lecture in a series of ten presentations for their AMM Winter Lecture Series on Thursday, January 24, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM. Captain Jan Miles’s talk “Reliving Bicentennial History in the Pride of Baltimore Schooners” will be accompanied by a privateer history wall display and video showing PRIDE II under sail.
Captain Miles will highlight his experiences over the years sailing both Pride of Baltimore schooners as part of an international community of tall ships. He will describe the role that Pride II continues to have in raising awareness of the role of Baltimore Clippers as privateers in the war of 1812, leading the British to attack Baltimore and Francis Scott Key to write the Star Spangled Banner.
Since 1981, Jan C. Miles has served as a captain of the reproduction Baltimore Clippers Pride of Baltimore and Pride of Baltimore II for the not-for-profit company Pride of Baltimore, Inc. Captain Miles has sailed these topsail schooners as far east as St. Petersburg, Russia and as far west as Canton, China, demonstrating that skilled seamanship can achieve the superior sailing performance required for Baltimore Clipper success as privateers in the War of 1812.
During the War of 1812, America’s Second War of Independence, President James Madison attempted to overcome the small size of the US Navy by issuing Letters of Marquee and Reprisal to private ship owners. This document allowed its holder to arm his vessel and act as a privateer, or, in essence, a legal pirate, representing the United States. Privateers were permitted to prey upon the merchant fleet of the belligerent nation, Great Britain, and take captured cargo and vessels as prizes. American privateers, many of them sailing out of Fells Point in Baltimore Clippers built throughout the Chesapeake region, captured or sank some 1,700 British merchant vessels during the two and a half year war. Other Baltimore Clippers served as cargo vessels to bring needed munitions and other armaments through the naval blockade that the British imposed on the US coastline, including Chesapeake Bay.
For more information about the Museum: www.amaritime.org
One of the most rewarding aspects of being part of the PRIDE organization are the amazing individuals that make up and have contributed to our past. Like all great stories, we have a rich history involving celebration, journey, heartache, and growth, and the shelving and walls of Pride, Inc. are proudly covered in some of our fondest memories. To show our appreciation for all those that have contributed to our collection, we thought it would be fun to share some of these priceless pieces of history with our friends and supporters.
In October of 2007 Pride, Inc. was contacted by Ms. Anita Scheiwe, and generously gifted a plank on frame model of PRIDE, lovingly crafted by her father, Mr. Jerome (Jerry) Batzer. Jerry constructed the model from pieces of timber used in the actual building of PRIDE OF BALTIMORE.
An overview of the project, as described by Jerry Batzer’s daughter, Anita Scheiwe:
“In 1977, the City of Baltimore announced plans to construct a replica of the Baltimore Clipper ships that once sailed the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay. The ship was to be named “PRIDE OF BALTIMORE” and was to become a roving ambassador for Baltimore and Maryland. It was to be built at a location alongside the inner harbor of Baltimore.
Having read of these plans to build the PRIDE OF BALTIMORE, Jerry Batzer, a retired Savings and Loan Vice-President, sent a letter to Captain Melbourne Smith asking for any position that would allow him to be part of this exciting event. He came out of retirement in 1977 to take the position of Yard Master during the building of the ship. Although he was hired as the gatekeeper and office administrator, he quickly demonstrated his woodworking skills and could participate in any area of the construction where an extra hand was needed. Though not a member of the original crew, he was an invited guest aboard PRIDE for its maiden voyage to Philadelphia.
As the construction phase of the PRIDE OF BALTIMORE was drawing to a close, Jerry decided to build a model of the ship. Taking small pieces of wood from the scrap lumber pile to his home woodworking shop, he lovingly cut each piece of wood used in the building of the model. Since he had access to the architectural drawings from the beginning, he was able to copy the measurements and placement of each section of the ship. In 1988, he completed the model as we see it today.”