SAIL MAIL: Pride's Next Chapter

Greetings!

When I began working with Pride in 2013, we were in the midst of a series of bicentennial events commemorating the War of 1812, which lasted from 1812 to 1815. Yes, the Treaty of Ghent officially ended the war in December 1814, but news was slow to travel in those days and the Battle of New Orleans was fought in January 1815. And Chasseur, one of the most successful privateers of the war, did not return to Baltimore until spring 1815. Upon her arrival, she was greeted by cheering crowds and dubbed the “Pride of Baltimore.” This was a critical time period in the early history of the United States and culminated in the penning of our national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

<em>Pride II</em> during Star-Spangled Sailabration,
Pride II during Star-Spangled Sailabration, 2012

It has been an honor to have served as executive director over the past few years as Pride was central to so many commemorative events. From 2012 to 2015, we welcomed more than 200,000 people aboard, educated thousands of children, engaged our local communities, provided use of the vessel for corporate and non-profit use, captured the imagination of hundreds of thousands of individuals, and attracted millions of dollars in ad value from the media we generated promoting Baltimore and Maryland.

I have been inspired by the many people I have met who have a personal story, a real connection, to Pride. Our history, our heart, and our soul are in Baltimore and in Maryland, and we want the rest of the world to discover and enjoy Maryland’s Pride. As we set sail in 2016, we continue our nearly four-decade mission to promote historical maritime education, foster economic development and tourism, and represent the people of Maryland in ports throughout the world. We accomplish this by providing free educational deck tours, student programs, public day sails, overnight guest crew opportunities, private charters, dockside receptions, and partnering with the corporate and non-profit communities to extend their impact.

I am very excited about Pride’s next chapter! In 2016, our plan is to sail in the Chesapeake Bay in spring and fall, and voyage along the East Coast and into the Great Lakes during the summer. When we are sailing our local waters, we will welcome aboard thousands of students, local citizens, and visiting tourists, and partner with dozens of organizations and corporations to host dockside receptions or private charters. As we travel to the Great Lakes, we will participate in tall ship festivals, introducing tens of thousands of individuals to Maryland’s Pride and continuing to spread positive messages of Baltimore and Maryland as we travel regionally and nationally.

We need your support to keep the wind in our sails!

Pride of Baltimore II during Star Spangled Spectacular 2014
Pride of Baltimore II during Star Spangled Spectacular 2014

Since the economic downturn of 2008, many tall ships throughout the country have had their share of financial challenges. We have witnessed our sister ships tied up, not operating, or even put up for sale. Pride, Inc. is fortunate that we have had a small endowment to help bridge our gap in funding each year. We are also fortunate to not have any debt and a very well-maintained vessel that, with prudent care, can easily sail another fifty years. However, because we have been sailing in local waters for the past two years, we have some maintenance we need to complete to prepare for ocean voyaging in 2016. We estimate needing approximately $70,000 for this deferred maintenance, including:

• Caulking to preserve the physical strength of the vessel.
• Replacing one of our sails (fore staysail) for age-related issues.
• Replacing our satellite transceiver, satellite phone, and some communications equipment (laptop, phone, radio) to meet regulations.
• Servicing our magnetic compass for continued long-term dependability.
• Overhauling our emergency rescue boat – again, age-related – for continued dependability during any emergency operations.

Please click here to help us complete this necessary maintenance in 2016!

Since her commissioning in 1988, Pride of Baltimore II has become one of the most well-known U.S. sailing vessels in the world, sailing 250,000 nautical miles and visiting more than 200 ports in 40 countries. She has captured public imagination worldwide and spread positive messages of Baltimore and Maryland. With your help, we can keep her sailing and inspiring people for generations to come.

During this season of giving, we ask that you make a donation to keep Pride sailing, and provide support for our upcoming maintenance needs. Every donation – regardless of the amount – makes a difference! Please be sure to check with your employer to see if they will match your donation and double your impact.

And, just by donating on December 30 and December 31, you will be entered to win a Day Sail for Two in 2016! It’s our gift to you. As always, we thank you for your  continued support.

Wishing you and your loved ones a happy and peaceful new year,

Rick Scott
Executive Director, Pride of Baltimore II

P.S. Click here to read a brochure that highlights some of our programs, travels, and accomplishments over the past few years.

A Gift That Benefits Chesapeake Restoration Projects and Its Maritime Heritage

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

Click on the Image Above To Watch the Knife-Making Process
Click on the Image Above To Watch the Knife-Making Process

BALTIMORE, December 16, 2015 — This holiday season, Oyster Recovery Partnership (ORP) and Pride of Baltimore II have partnered to create limited-edition Pride II oyster knives, with proceeds supporting ORP’s large-scale oyster restoration efforts in the Chesapeake Bay.

The project was conceptualized as a way to raise awareness for Oyster Recovery Partnership and Pride II, two nonprofits working to preserve the past and support the future of the Chesapeake Bay.

“Our intent was to design a classic, historical symbol of Chesapeake Bay culture that is practical for everyday use,” said Oyster Recovery Partnership Executive Director Stephan Abel. “The Pride II oyster knife project is a way for the Oyster Recovery Partnership and Pride of Baltimore II to salute Maryland’s oyster heritage while we continue our work to preserve the traditions of the Bay.”

The knives are crafted from the tropical hardwood that was used to build Pride II, one of the best-known U.S. sailing vessels in the world. Given the historic nature and limited supply of the wood, the Pride II oyster knives are being made in an extremely small quantity. The knives can be ordered through the Oyster Recovery Partnership’s website, and orders placed by Friday, December 18 will ship in time for the holiday season. Click here for complete details.

The Importance of Oysters to the Chesapeake Bay

A clump of three-year-old hatchery seed oysters found in Harris Creek on Maryland’s eastern shore.
A clump of three-year-old hatchery seed oysters found in Harris Creek on Maryland’s eastern shore.

While it may look innocuous, an oyster is vital to life in the Chesapeake Bay. Oysters create a habitat for a multitude of marine life including the Blue Crab and Striped Bass. But oyster populations became threatened by overharvesting and pollution in the 20th century and were nearly decimated. Now, after a century of decline, the oyster is making a comeback.

The oyster’s resurgence is due in large part to the efforts of nonprofits such as the Oyster Recovery Partnership (ORP), Maryland’s leading nonprofit restoring oysters in the Bay. Commissioned in 1994, with the help of their partners ORP has planted nearly 5.9 billion oysters on 2,200 acres of oyster reefs. Seventy thousand bushels of shell have been recycled to provide homes for new oysters. A healthy, adult oyster can filter silt, sediment and excess nutrients from as much as 50 gallons of water a day.

How Restaurants Are Taking Part

“Oysters are experiencing a renaissance throughout the country — not only for their value to the marine habitats, but also from demand from the culinary world.” Abel says. “ORP works to provide watermen and oyster farms with harvest and economic stability, while supporting the demand for sustainable seafood without adding pressure on the existing wild population.”

ORP also operates the Shell Recycling Alliance, which is the country’s largest network of restaurants dedicated to recycling oyster shells. This Alliance enables the public, restaurants and caterers to save oysters from going into landfills.

Restaurants across the state, District of Columbia and Virginia participate in this innovative shell recycling program: For a complete list of participating members, click here.

Select restaurants, such as Woodberry Kitchen in Baltimore and the Boatyard in Annapolis are featuring the Pride II oyster knives and even offering shucking demonstrations.

Proceeds from the Pride II oyster knife project will support the Oyster Recovery Partnership (ORP)’s large-scale projects in the Chesapeake Bay. For every dollar raised, ORP will be able to plant approximately 100 baby oysters into the Bay, making a direct impact on oyster restoration efforts.

“Simply put, oyster knives are a symbol of the Chesapeake Bay culture we are striving to preserve, protect and grow,” Abel says.

A Closer Look at the Pride II Oyster Knives

Oyster KnifeThe Pride II oyster knife design is a classic, American model known for being sturdy, versatile and dependable.

The teardrop-shaped knife handle is carved from timbers of bullet wood and mahogany used in creating the keel, or structural beam, of Pride of Baltimore II. The wood has been preserved in climate-controlled conditions since Pride II was completed in 1988.

Each knife has a 3-inch, stainless steel blade laser-engraved with the names Pride II and ORP.

A keepsake certificate of authenticity and matching number from 001 to 500 accompanies each knife.

About The Pride of Baltimore II

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.

The original Pride of Baltimore sank in a squall off the coast of Puerto Rico in 1986. The city rallied around the construction of a new ship, with then-Mayor Clarence ‘Du’ Burns designating Pride II as “The city’s ship… that belongs to the people of the city. It shows our roots, our accomplishments and our sense of things yet to be done.”

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 best-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.


 


PRESS RELEASE: Oyster Knives

A Symbol of Baltimore’s
Roots, Accomplishments, and ‘Things Yet To Be Done’
Proceeds benefit Chesapeake restoration projects and its maritime heritage

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Laura Rodini laura@pride2.org

Pride II's construction in Baltimore's Inner Harbor, 1987, Sun photo by George Cook
Pride II’s construction in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, 1987, Sun photo by George Cook

BALTIMORE, December 7, 2015 — On a cool day in May, 1987, nearly 500 people gathered in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor to witness the keel-laying ceremony of the tall ship Pride II, commissioned after the original Pride of Baltimore sank in a squall off the coast of Puerto Rico. The city rallied around the construction of a new ship, with then-Mayor Clarence ‘Du’ Burns designating Pride II as “The city’s ship… that belongs to the people of the city. It shows our roots, our accomplishments and our sense of things yet to be done.”

Twenty-seven years later, the same tropical hardwood that was used in the construction of Pride II has been made available for a special project benefiting Chesapeake restoration projects and its maritime heritage. Pride, Inc. is partnering with the Oyster Recovery Partnership to offer a limited number of oyster knives crafted from the bullet wood that was shaped into the keel of Pride II (pictured).

Given the historic nature and limited supply of this wood, the Pride II oyster knives are being crafted in an extremely small quantity. The knives can be pre-ordered through the Oyster Recovery Partnership’s website. Orders placed by December 18 will ship in time for the holiday season. Click here for complete details.

About The Historic Project

Click on the Image Above To Watch the Knife-Making Process
Click on the Image Above To Watch the Knife-Making Process

“Throughout her storied history, hundreds of thousands of people have come aboard, gone for a sail or participated in an educational program on Pride of Baltimore II,” says Rick Scott, Executive Director. “Now, through this innovative project spearheaded by the Oyster Recovery Partnership, you can own a keepsake piece of Pride II herself — and support environmental efforts and Pride II at the same time.”

Each knife handle is carved from timbers of bullet wood and mahogany, used in framing Pride II‘s hull and as trim on deck structures. The wood has been preserved in climate-controlled conditions since Pride II was completed in 1988.

The knife blade is a 3-inch stainless steel blade, a famous American oyster knife design known for being sturdy, versatile and dependable. It is one of the earliest known types used to “split the rock.”

Each laser-engraved knife comes with a certificate of authenticity and matching number from 001 to 500.

The Importance of Oysters to Chesapeake Life

Oyster Recovery Partnership divers help rehabilitate reefs on Maryland’s Harris Creek, the largest oyster restoration project on the East Coast.
Oyster Recovery Partnership divers help rehabilitate reefs on Maryland’s Harris Creek, the largest oyster restoration project on the East Coast.

Oysters play a vital role in improving Chesapeake Bay water quality by creating a habitat for a multitude of marine life, including the Blue Crab and Striped Bass.

The Oyster Recovery Partnership (ORP) was established to help manage and implement Maryland’s oyster restoration efforts. Over the last 21 years, the nonprofit has planted more than 5.9 billion oysters on 2,200 acres of oyster reefs in Maryland, including the largest man-made oyster reef in the country. ORP manages the region’s oyster shell recycling program and supports other sustainable fisheries management efforts.

“Our intent through this project was to design a classic historical symbol of Chesapeake Bay culture that is practical for everyday use,” said Oyster Recovery Partnership Executive Director Stephan Abel. “This is also a way for the Oyster Recovery Partnership and Pride of Baltimore II to salute Maryland’s oyster heritage while we continue our work to preserve the traditions of the Bay.”

About The 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 best-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.


 


Support Pride II on #GivingTuesday!

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We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, December 1, 2015, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world are uniting together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

 

Throughout the course of each year, Pride, Inc. strives to promote historical maritime education, foster economic development and tourism, and represent the people of Maryland in every port she visits.

 

Pride Inc. relies primarily on individual philanthropy, grants, corporate sponsorships, and membership to bridge the gap in funding each year. A gift on #GivingTuesday will directly support Pride’s educational programming, sailing opportunities, and ship operations in 2016. Click on the Donate button below to show your support. We thank you sincerely!

 

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Donate $50 or more and receive a Pride of Baltimore II poster signed by one of our captains!