Pride of Baltimore To Rendezvous with the Hermione

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Laura Rodini laura@pride2.org 202-669-3065 (cell)

Pride of Baltimore II by Jeff Woods
Pride of Baltimore II by Jeff Woods

BALTIMORE, May 29, 2015 – Pride of Baltimore II, America’s Star-Spangled Ambassador, will host an event of international proportions on Friday, June 19, 2015 as Pride makes rendezvous with the French-built Hermione, a replica of the Marquis de Lafayette’s 18th century ship. Captains of both vessels will meet near the Key Bridge as Pride escorts the Hermione to the Inner Harbor. A limited number of media will be allowed on board Pride for this historic escort; please RSVP to Laura Rodini at laura@pride2.org.

“Lafayette’s incredible story underlies the strong bond the United States has with France,” says Rick Scott, Executive Director, Pride of Baltimore, Inc. Lafayette was just 19 years old when he volunteered to fight for the American Revolution. It was because of him that the King of France sent 5,000 soldiers and six ships to aid in the battle, and, eventually, help defeat the British. Scott adds, “We are proud to partake in the Hermione’s historic voyage and to welcome her with open arms to Baltimore, a city itself that is deeply rooted in American history.”

Pride Meets Hermione

Hermione Hits the Atlantic Courtesy Hermione

 

 

On April 18, 2015, Hermione departed from France on a two-month ‘Re-Living History’ sail to commemorate the voyage that brought a young Marquis de Lafayette to aid General George Washington. The Hermione is sailing 3,819 miles across the Atlantic and will make landfall in Yorktown, Virginia on June 5th. She will then sail up the coast for two months of commemorative events at 11 additional iconic ports, including Alexandria/Washington, DC, Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York, Greenport, Newport and Boston.

Capstone moments of Hermione’s June 19th arrival in Baltimore include a cannon salute from Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine upon arrival and a Welcome Ceremony, which will take place at 10 am in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Deck tours of the Hermione and a Photographic Traveling Exhibit commemorating the 17-year reconstruction process will be offered from Friday June 19 through Sunday, June 21. Pride of Baltimore II will also offer free deck tours from Friday, June 19-Sunday, June 21. In addition, Pride will offer 2-hour public day sails from 2-4pm each day and can be chartered for evening sails Friday, Saturday and Sunday. To make reservations or to book a private charter for a group of up to 33 passengers, visit www.pride2.org or call 410-539-1151.

The complete Schedule of Events is as follows:

Friday, June 19, 2015
– 10 am – 12pm Welcome Ceremony with French and American officials
– 12 pm – 4pm: Public Tours of the Hermione
– 12 pm – 1pm: Public Tours of Pride
– 2 pm – 4 pm: Pride Public Sail
– 12 pm – 4 pm: Traveling Exhibit and Community Events on the Pier
o Traveling Exhibit
A photographic panel display of Lafayette’s role in the American Revolution and the Hermione’s reconstruction.
o Community Heritage events:
Historic shipbuilding and colonial crafts demonstrations. Maryland regiments and fife and drum corps. Lafayette reenactments. 3 afternoon interlude concerts by Rochefort’s Les Vents Marines: French and American seafaring songs from the American Revolution to today with public sing-a-longs.
Location: Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, Constellation Pier 1

Saturday, June 20, 2015
– 9 am – 4pm: Public Tours of the Hermione
– 9 am – 1 pm: Public Tours of Pride
– 2 pm – 4 pm: Pride Public Sail
– 9 am – 7 pm: Traveling Exhibit and Community Events on the Pier
o Traveling Exhibit
A photographic panel display of Lafayette’s role in the American Revolution and the Hermione’s reconstruction.
o Community Heritage events:
Historic shipbuilding and colonial crafts demonstrations. Maryland regiments and fife and drum corps. Lafayette reenactments. 3 afternoon interlude concerts by Rochefort’s Les Vents Marines: French and American seafaring songs from the American Revolution to today with public sing-a-longs.
Location: Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, Constellation Pier 1

Sunday, June 21, 2015
– 9 am – 4pm: Public Tours of the Hermione
– 9 am – 1pm: Public Tours of Pride
– 2 pm – 4pm: Pride Public Sail
– 9 am – 7 pm: Traveling Exhibit and Community Events on the Pier
o Traveling Exhibit
A photographic panel display of Lafayette’s role in the American Revolution and the Hermione’s reconstruction.
o Community Heritage events:
Historic shipbuilding and colonial crafts demonstrations. Maryland regiments and fife and drum corps. Lafayette reenactments. 3 afternoon interlude concerts by Rochefort’s Les Vents Marines: French and American seafaring songs from the American Revolution to today with public sing-a-longs.
Location: Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, Constellation Pier 1

About Pride of Baltimore

For nearly four decades, Pride of Baltimore and Pride of Baltimore II have represented the people of Baltimore in ports throughout the world, spreading a positive message of Baltimore and extending the hand of friendship globally. Since her commissioning in 1988, Pride II has traveled more than 250,000 nautical miles and visited 40 countries in 200 ports. Pride II has become one of the most well-known U.S. sailing vessels in the world, capturing the imagination of millions of people.

For more information, contact Laura Rodini at laura@pride2.org or call 202-669-3065.

About the Friends of Hermione-Lafayette in America, Inc.

In 2015, a handcrafted replica of the Hermione, the 18th century frigate that brought the young Marquis de Lafayette with French troops back to General Washington, a historic voyage that changed the course in our quest for independence – will return to America. The Hermione’s itinerary reaffirms the historic relationship between the United States and France. The Friends of Lafayette-Hermione in America, Inc., a non-profit group, supports this exciting adventure – partnering alongside local heritage and nautical groups, students and teachers K-through-12, and many cultural organizations, museums and universities – with a full program of exciting educational, musical, culinary and special events scheduled at each port during 2015.

For More information, contact Deborah Berger at Deborah@purepr.biz or call 646-391-0352.

CAPTAIN'S LOG: Rig-Up Progress Update

While the 2015 rig-up deadline of the morning of June 12th is a ways away, it will take all of the remaining time to get the job done.

The spars still “on-the-hard” are now cosmetically finished. Some are ready to come directly aboard. Some require “dressing” prior to coming aboard. It looks like those spars ready to come aboard will start being brought aboard later this week. Helpers anyone? Email me at jan@pride2.org. We’d be happy to have your help.

The peak and throat halyards of the fore and main masts are finally in position today. We had a set-back yesterday. Incomplete labeling and mislabeling labeling from last year’s down-rig caused the new crew to install one of the throat halyards on the incorrect mast. This occurred by reason of fishing out of storage one lower mast halyard at a time. (You can see in the pictures how big and complicated these halyards are and also they are equipped with jigs…a separate block and tackle system at one end of the actual halyard used for greater mechanical advantage to do finer adjustments of stretching the sail or adjusting it’s shape). Last week the throats and gant-lines went up on the lower masts. Yesterday while putting up the peak halyards it was discovered one of them was labeled as a throat halyard. Long story short…a guess was made that it was actually the peak for the main. Nope. Too short. After a lot of checking in listed descriptions of parts of the rig it was found the throat halyard on the foremast was actually the main peak halyard. This meant the wrong main peak halyard had to be taken down. The wrong foremast throat halyard had to be taken down. Then both shifted and finally put in their correct locations. Then finish by putting up the fore peak halyard. Ugh! I figure we lost a half day.

Other accomplishments by the end of Memorial Day are:

The jib-boom was put through the bow-sprit cap. (See photo)

The lower mast wedges are driven into place and the mast boots prepped (see photos) for installation tomorrow.

The rest of this week it is expected we will start dressing the yards and coordinate shifting topmasts aboard for staging on deck to be sent up into position.
Who wants to help shift topmasts aboard and hoist them up? When might you be available? Please contact me at jan@pride2.org. Our sincerest thanks.

    CAPTAIN'S LOG: Help us dress and move the spars!

    Help us dress and move the spars! The fine weather of today and forecast thru the weekend after the recent, all-day rain on Thursday is an opportunity to jump onto the last of the cosmetic protection of the spars in anticipation of moving them aboard later next week so they can be rigged into sailing position. The varnish was done in January and February. Once this final bit of protective coating is completed…”dressing” of the spars will commence this weekend and first part of next week before the spars start going aboard. Dressing is the moniker referring to putting any rigging that is fixed to the spars before being rigged into place aboard the ship.

    Anyone looking to give a hand…come on by. Email me, Captain Miles, at jan@pride2.org.

    Especially the later part of next week for the moving of spars aboard in preparation of rigging into place.

    Remember, many hands make light work! For the moving of the spars…the more hands…the lighter the moving of the spars will be.

    Come when you can. Go when you must. We are here every day working from 8 AM to 5 PM. We have great food provided by Kevin Moran! We thank you for your help!

    CAPTAIN'S LOG: The Great Unwrapping of PRIDE 2015

    Pictured above: PRIDE thanks all of the volunteers that came Saturday to assist. Captain Herard and 3 crew from LADY MARYLAND, Pride, Inc.’s own office and ship volunteer Pierre Henkart, PRIDE alum crew Brad Fluery, Christine Clear, Doug Leasure, Paul Powachroski, Chris Landers, new to the ship volunteer Phil Wieser, Winter Crew Volunteer Alum Steve Valihura and four Ship’s Officers, Jesse Doucette, Zach Michael, Dan Calbick and Kevin Moran. Not shown in the photo is new to the ship volunteer Richard Heckart who assisted on Friday.

    In the first week of Rig-Up 2015, the ship has been made livable and she has been unwrapped and de-framed… meaning her winter cover has been moved from ship to shore and stowed away till next time we lay the ship up for winter.

    Now begins the process of moving further aboard with PRIDE’s equipment and safety gear while also preparing to actually send topmasts and yards up.

    It will be at least a week before even considering sending topmasts up. They must be dressed. The usual running rigging blocks for halyards to lift topmasts up must first be sent up and rove off with halyards. Meanwhile the yards must also be “dressed” with their own blocks and rigging in preparation of being sent up.

    Anyone up for the fiddly details of getting equipment aboard and stowed properly as well working on preparing for sending yards and topmasts up? Email Captain Jan Miles at jan@pride2.org.

    We are open to any willing hands to join us at the ship daily from 0800-1700 seven days a week. Understand we are a “come when you can, go when you must” volunteer opportunity. 😎

    Location is 1910 S. Clinton St., Baltimore, MD 21224

    CAPTAIN'S LOG: CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS

    On Monday, May 11, the first of our new 2015 sailing season’s crew came aboard Pride of Baltimore II! The ship has been residing at her winter berth on Clinton Street in Baltimore.

    The crew is already hard at work converting her belowdecks to a habitable state.

    Pride’s winter cover had been shielding the idle ship from direct sunlight and rain. One of the most important factors in preserving a traditionally wood constructed vessel like Pride is good ventilation. Also, some of the ship’s hotel services, like running water, were turned off.

    I am proud to introduce our new crew: 1st Mate Jesse Doucette, Bosun Daniel Calbick and veteran cook and Pride shipmate Kevin Moran, who have already come aboard for the conversion. 2nd Mate Zach Michael will join us as soon as he can from the coastal delivery of Sail Training Vessel (SSV) GERONIMO he has been on from Charleston, SC to Newport, RI. That delivery was interrupted by the early season tropical depression Ana rattling around off the southeast coast, making it untenable for remaining at sea along that coast. Kindly, Captain Tony Arrow has set Zach free to join Pride, possibly as soon as next week.

    I don’t know when the remaining officer will come aboard. We are still looking for a sailing mechanic we call Engineer/Deckhand. If you have prior traditional working sail vessel experience and are interested, please email me, Captain Jan Miles, at jan@pride2.org. All interested applicants must be U.S. citizens and either be prepared to prove being drug-free, as per USCG regulations, or meet the regulations for being qualified as drug-free.

    Volunteers Needed

    I am also in search of a few more volunteers. It is my hope that converting the live-aboard situation will proceed with reasonable speed so that we can then clean the deck and prepare it for a coat of oil by the end of next week. If you are available to lend a hand next week, we would love to have your help!

    After the deck oiling, the next step before actual rig-up can begin is to get the ship’s winter cover and frame off the ship and stored ashore, as well the cover and frame that we call “Sparlandia,” an onshore, Quonset-hut like cover to Pride‘s topmasts, gaffs, yards and boom stored ashore. We are looking for volunteers to assist with this dis-assembly on Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17. Email jan@pride2.org if you are available. Many hands make light work… you all might know this well. Pride‘s officers will appreciate greatly any and all assistance!

    SAIL MAIL: Our 2015 Sailing Season – Baltimore: Home Port of the Brave

     

    Greetings,

    Pride of Baltimore II by Jeff Woods

    Pride of Baltimore II by Jeff Woods

    After many months of planning, I am thrilled to announce that Pride of Baltimore II will be sailing this year!

    We have named our 2015 season campaign Baltimore: Home Port of the Brave, which could not be a more fitting title.

    Over the years, Pride has voyaged to ports around the world in order to participate in tall ship festivals and other War of 1812 Bicentennial events. But this year, Pride‘s main focus will be Baltimore. We are thrilled to celebrate her rich heritage with the citizens of her namesake town. It’s a responsibility we take very seriously, especially in light of the city’s recent unrest. Pride herself is emblematic of the very best characteristics of Baltimore, such as the city’s entrepreneurial spirit, its rich history and its technological prowess, and we look forward to showcasing this to you.

    Pride‘s 2015 sailing season will run from mid-June thru October. You will have the opportunity to participate in the unique and historical experience of stepping aboard a topsail schooner through our interpretive dockside tours, as well as day sails, private charters, and overnight guest crew opportunities.

    Pride will be docked at the Inner Harbor and will be open for deck tours and a limited number of day sail opportunities between Wednesday and Sunday. A complete schedule of Pride‘s activities is currently being planned; please check our Pride of Baltimore II website for updates. In addition, we will be sending you a schedule of activities in our next issue of the Sail Mail, starting with Pride’s official launch date in June. So stay tuned!


    Call For Volunteers! Pride’s Uprigging Process Begins

    From Jan Miles, Captain, Pride of Baltimore II

    Pride under wraps for the winter season. Her cover protected the ship from the elements, including direct sunlight

    Pride under wraps for the winter season. Her cover protected the ship from the elements, including direct sunlight

    On Monday, May 11, the first of our new 2015 sailing season’s crew came aboard Pride of Baltimore II! The ship has been residing at her winter berth on Clinton Street in Baltimore.

    The crew is already hard at work converting her belowdecks to a habitable state.

    Pride’s winter cover had been shielding the idle ship from direct sunlight and rain. One of the most important factors in preserving a traditionally wood constructed vessel like Pride is good ventilation. Also, some of the ship’s hotel services, like running water, were turned off.

    I am proud to introduce our new crew: 1st Mate Jesse Doucette, Bosun Daniel Calbick and veteran cook and Pride shipmate Kevin Moran, who have already come aboard for the conversion. 2nd Mate Zach Michael will join us as soon as he can from the coastal delivery of Sail Training Vessel (SSV) GERONIMO he has been on from Charleston, SC to Newport, RI. That delivery was interrupted by the early season tropical depression Ana rattling around off the southeast coast, making it untenable for remaining at sea along that coast. Kindly, Captain Tony Arrow has set Zach free to join Pride, possibly as soon as next week.

    I don’t know when the remaining officer will come aboard. We are still looking for a sailing mechanic we call Engineer/Deckhand. If you have prior traditional working sail vessel experience and are interested, please email me, Captain Jan Miles, at jan@pride2.org. All interested applicants must be U.S. citizens and either be prepared to prove being drug-free, as per USCG regulations, or meet the regulations for being qualified as drug-free.

    Volunteers Needed

     

    I am also in search of a few more volunteers. It is my hope that converting the live-aboard situation will proceed with reasonable speed so that we can then clean the deck and prepare it for a coat of oil by the end of next week. If you are available to lend a hand next week, we would love to have your help!

    After the deck oiling, the next step before actual rig-up can begin is to get the ship’s winter cover and frame off the ship and stored ashore, as well the cover and frame that we call “Sparlandia,” an onshore, Quonset-hut like cover to Pride‘s topmasts, gaffs, yards and boom stored ashore. We are looking for volunteers to assist with this dis-assembly on Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17. Email jan@pride2.org if you are available. Many hands make light work… you all might know this well. Pride‘s officers will appreciate greatly any and all assistance!


    Celebrate National Maritime Day! Sunday, May 17

    N.S. Savannah

    N.S. Savannah

    Join the Port of Baltimore community as we celebrate National Maritime Day on Sunday, May 17 from 10 am – 3 pm at Pier 13 in Canton! (4601 Newgate Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21224). This is a FREE event showcasing the companies and careers that make the Port of Baltimore the economic heart of Maryland.

    This is your chance to tour the Nuclear Ship Savannah – and you can even board the way passengers did back in the ship’s heyday. In total, there will be sixteen visiting vessels and craft. You will also have the opportunity to tour the coal terminal Consol Energy/CNX Marine Terminal and see a display of LEGO model ships.

    While Pride of Baltimore II will be busy preparing for her summer sailing season, she will be represented with an informative table and giveaway prizes, so be sure to check us out.

    Other highlights of the day include an 11:30 am commemoration featuring former Congresswoman Helen D. Bentley and Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger honoring the 51st anniversary of the Savannah‘s first port call to Baltimore. (Coincidentally, Bentley covered that event as a reporter for The Baltimore Sun.)

    In addition, McAllister Towing and the Baltimore City Fire Boat will supply a water cannon salute at the conclusion of the National Maritime Day Commemoration.

    Parking is free and available on Newkirk Street, Newgate Avenue, Leland Avenue and Pier 12. A free parking shuttle van will take visitors to and from the festivities.

    For complete details and directions, visit the www.portfestbaltimore.org website. See you there!


    A Day of Remembrance: May 14, 1986

    The Pride Memorial, located at Rash Field in Baltimore's Inner Harbor

    The Pride Memorial, located at Rash Field in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor

    May 14 was a day of remembrance for all Pride sailors, as we observed the loss of the original Pride of Baltimore and four of her crew in a microburst squall off Puerto Rico in 1986.

    Since her construction in downtown Baltimore and launch in 1977, Pride had sailed over 150,000 miles, covering the American east and west coasts, Europe, and the Caribbean. In those 9 years, Pride had demonstrated the superb sailing performance and beauty of the Baltimore clippers of the early nineteenth century.

    During her nine years at sea, Pride captains and crew extended the hand of friendship to thousands of people throughout the world. Pride II was commissioned in 1988 as a sailing memorial to her predecessor.
     


    This Month In Seafaring History

     

    JeanFleury_174x218 May 15, 1523: In one of the first recorded acts of piracy against the Spanish Empire, French corsair Jean Fleury captures two of three Spanish galleons off the coast of St. Vincent, near Portugal. The ships, enroute from Havana, Cuba to Seville, Spain, contained Aztec gold, confirming rumors of the vast wealth to be found in the New World. Fleury would die with a fortune estimated at $34 million in today’s dollars. A third galleon escaped & returned to Spain. In her cargo was a live tiger and handmade goods that had belonged to Montezuma.Image: Jean Fleury Hijacks Aztec Gold, Courtesy Getty Images
    Ruins of St. Louis, 1849, Daguerrotype by Thomas Easterly May 17, 1849: A fire barrels through downtown St. Louis, Missouri, destroying a significant part of the city and many of the steamboats along the Mississippi River. The fire began at 9 am, when it was reported that the paddle wheeled steam boat White Cloud was ablaze. Although the fire department valiantly worked to put out the flames, the moorings holding the White Cloud burned through, and the burning steamboat drifted slowly downriver, setting 22 other steam boats on fire. The flames lept from the river to the city buildings, destroying more than 400 buildings along the waterfront.Image: Ruins of St. Louis, 1849, Daguerrotype by Thomas Easterly
    Britain's War of 1812 Rear Admiral, George Cockburn May 26, 1813: Great Britain extends its blockade of the American coast to major ports in the “middle and southern states,” including Baltimore and Washington, DC. Cockburn was active in the attacks on both cities, and growing weary of reading about his critics, Cockburn ransacked the office of the Daily National Intelligencer in the nation’s capital and ordered the letter ‘C’ to be destroyed, thus making it more difficult for the press to write about him.Image: Britain’s War of 1812 Rear Admiral, George Cockburn

     


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    Trivia Time!

    Congratulations to everyone who correctly answered our last Trivia question! A “weather gage” refers to the windward position of one of two sailing ships in combat, conveying more opportunities in maneuvering into favorable positions for cannon fire. The British HMS St. Lawrence had the “weather gage,” as it was upwind of Chasseur as identified by the sails of both ships.

    Ready for this month’s question?

    Question:What native American tree provided the strong wood for the frames of the USS Constitution, whose victories in the War of 1812 led to its being called “Old Ironsides”? (And inspired the U.S. Navy to preserve it to this day!)

    Email us with the correct answer, and you could win a prize!

    Until next month,

    Rick Scott

    Executive Director, Pride of Baltimore, Inc.