Lifetime Achievement

From Captain Jan Miles in response to being honored by Tall Ships America with the Lifetime Achievement Award:

Many thought streams have been running through my head since the award. They get jumbled up in their rush to be viewed more closely- each quickly shoved aside by another and another.  My sincerest appreciation goes to all those responsible for nominating me.

At this year’s conference, Executive Director, Bert Rogers reflected on the beginning of Tall Ships America 40 years ago. I was reminded of sitting in on the very first conference in Newport, when it was decided to form the American Sail Training Association.  I was mate aboard BRILLIANT at the time.

Surrounded by those Captains and management types I felt out of place, although I was honored to be included and hear their long range thinking and philosophical perspectives on the value of such an association. Back then the working class sail vessel fleet was small but showing signs of growth. BILL OF RIGHTS and HARVEY GAMAGE were recent new-builds, some five or more years after Sloop CLEARWATER.

Today the fleet, now termed “Tall Ship,” has not only grown and spread throughout the country, but has done so with a focus on “training” rather than mere recreation. While this training focus is of the programmatic “education curricula” formula, the vessels I have sailed seem to have been advocates of the “experience” of sailing, with the “educating” coming from the requirements of the vessel to accomplish safely its voyage.


This sometimes occurs with youth trainees aboard, mostly with adults looking for “what it feels like”, but always with a majority of 20-something, professional crew seeking to learn by doing- experiencing more over greater distances.  It seems there has been a “train the professional sailor or sail-trainer” program at play for most of my sailing, or it may be better to say “develop the professional sailor”.

It is truly a deep personal honor to have contributed to our profession in a manner seen as a valued contribution!  I am truly blessed by my career and deeply humbled, yet extremely appreciative, of the honor of this recognition by my peers, shipmates and colleagues for what they see as my contribution to the whole of our community.

Many, many thanks to all of you!

Most sincerely,


On Water Lecture Series Coming Spring 2013!

PRIDE OF BALTIMORE II and the National Sailing Hall of Fame is pleased to present a series of on water lectures this Spring! 

On Water Lecture Series

A series of talks on the Pride of Baltimore II
NSHOF Education Program

Boarding at 5:15 p.m. | Departing the Dock at 5:30 p.m. | $50 per person per lecture | Light Refreshments

War of 1812 and the Privateer
Jan Miles
April 23

Captain Jan Miles joined Pride, Inc. in 1981 and was one of three rotating Captains on the original Pride of Baltimore. With 35 years of experience as a professional sailor, his voyages include five Atlantic Ocean crossings, as well as three Pacific voyages.


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Spirit of Sailing
Gary Jobson
April 30

Gary Jobson is a former All-American collegiate sailor. He won the America’s Cup in 1977 as tactician for Ted Turner. As a broadcaster / producer (he is ESPN Sailing Analyst), lecturer and writer (he is editor at large for Sailing World and Cruising World magazines), he is the pre-eminent ambassador for sailing in the U.S. and is President of U.S. Sailing.


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Early American Music of the Sea
David Hildebrand
May 7

David Hildebrand has been an adjunct instructor at Peabody Institute since 1994. Dr. David Hildebrand is a specialist in Early American Music. He has been performing professionally since 1980, mostly in duet with his wife Ginger.


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War of 1812 on the Chesapeake
Scott Sheads
May 14

Scott Sheads is a park ranger, historian and historic weapons officer at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine. He is author of Guardian of the Star-Spangled Banner: Lt. Colonel George Armistead and the Fort McHenry Flag and co-author of The War of 1812 in the Chesapeake.


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