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.


 


Pride II To Rendezvous with 101 Year-Old Norwegian Tall Ship

Pride II To Rendezvous
with 101 Year-Old Norwegian Tall Ship
The vessels will meet in Baltimore’s Harbor on November 4

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

Pride of Baltimore II and Norway’s Statsraad Lehmkuhl
Pride of Baltimore II and Norway’s Statsraad Lehmkuhl

BALTIMORE, October 30, 2015 – Pride of Baltimore II, America’s Star-Spangled Ambassador, finishes her season with an event of international proportions on Wednesday, November 4, 2015, as Pride will rendezvous with the HNoMS Statsraad Lehmkuhl, the largest Tall Ship (332 feet) to visit Baltimore this year! Captains of both vessels will meet near the Key Bridge at 9 am as Pride escorts Statsraad Lehmkuhl to the Inner Harbor by 10 am.

“We’re glad that Statsraad Lehmkuhl has chosen to visit Baltimore, a city known for its maritime heritage,” says Rick Scott, Executive Director, Pride of Baltimore, Inc.

 

Pride II Meets Statsraad Lehmkuhl

 

Statsraad Lehmkuhl en route to Baltimore, Courtesy Statsraad Lehmkuhl
Statsraad Lehmkuhl en route to Baltimore, Courtesy Statsraad Lehmkuhl

On September 22, 2015, Statsraad Lehmkuhl embarked on a 6-week voyage from her home port of Bergen, Norway to Baltimore, Maryland. Statsraad Lehmkuhl sailed across the North Sea, through the English Channel and into the Atlantic, stopping over in Bermuda. Captain Marcus A. Seidl has managed to stay under sail for 54% of the time in order to save fuel stores. The ship, known for its ecological commitments, prides itself on being a ‘very green alternative to most other travel methods.’

The best vantage points to see the ships under sail as they enter the Inner Harbor will be from:

-Broadway Pier in Fells Point (900 S. Broadway)
-Tide Point (1040 Hull St.,)
-Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine (2400 East Fort Ave)

Other vantage points to consider include: The Canton Waterfront Park, The Promenade, Federal Hill and The Baltimore Museum of Industry.

Deck tours of the Statsraad Lehmkuhl will be offered on Saturday, November 7 and Sunday, November 8 from 10 am to 4 pm. The ship will arrive at 10am on November 4th and depart at 2pm on November 11th.
Location: Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, West Wall

Sail Baltimore is the nonprofit group responsible for bringing Statsraad Lehmkuhl and other visiting ships from around the world to Charm City for nearly 40 years. For more information about the Statsraad Lehmkuhl’s history, visitor schedule, and more, visit Sail Baltimore’s official website: http://www.sailbaltimore.org.

 

About Statsraad Lehmkuhl

 

Image courtesy Statsraad Lehmkuhl
Image courtesy Statsraad Lehmkuhl

Built in Germany in 1914, Statsraad Lehmkuhl was used as a training vessel for German Merchant Marines until taken as a prize by England following the end of WWI. In 1921, England sold the ship to Norway, who put her to work as a training vessel in 1923. Norway’s then Cabinet Minister Kristofer Lehmkuhl was vital in creating the training ship program, so as a token of appreciation, the ship was renamed Statsraad Lehmkuhl, which translates to Minister Lehmkuhl. She remained a training ship until 1940, when the Germans confiscated and held on to her until 1944, when she was returned to Norway.

On this voyage, the Statsraad Lehmkuhl is sailed by the Royal Norwegian Naval Academy’s 1st year officer cadets, who are participating in leadership training and teambuilding during the trip. Stripped of modern communication technology, the students must work together to overcome the timeless challenges and dangers of travelling the seas by sail. Statsraad Lehmkuhl has been part of the basic training program since 2002, and the Royal Norwegian Navy leases the ship for several months every year.

The crew of Statsraad Lehmkuhl welcomed a feathered visitor somewhere in the North Atlantic on October 26, 2015. “The observation of birds is normally the first sign of land in the offing and we have a new visitor on board who most likely will hitch a ride to Bermuda,” they wrote.
The crew of Statsraad Lehmkuhl welcomed a feathered visitor somewhere in the North Atlantic on October 26, 2015. “The observation of birds is normally the first sign of land in the offing and we have a new visitor on board who most likely will hitch a ride to Bermuda,” they wrote.

The Statsraad Lehmkuhl weighs 1.516 tons and features 22 sails and can hold up to 200 people, with a permanent 20-person crew. Under sails, the ship can reach a speed of up to 17 knots, or almost 20mph, and 11 knots when only using the diesel engine. You can chart the ship’s progress through this link.

About Sail Baltimore

Sail Baltimore brings tall ships, domestic and foreign navy vessels and sea service vessels to Baltimore every year for free public tours. As a revolving maritime museum, these vessels capture the romance of the sea and bring with them visitors from around the globe. Sail Baltimore’s mission is three-fold – promoting cultural exchange, stimulating Baltimore’s tourism trade, and educating the public. For more information, visit www.sailbaltimore.org .

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 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.


PRESS RELEASE: Pride of Baltimore II to Appear at 2015 Governor's Cup

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

BALTIMORE, July 17, 2015 – Pride of Baltimore II, America’s Star-Spangled Ambassador, will serve as the Committee Start Boat for the oldest and longest overnight race on the Chesapeake Bay. The 42nd Annual Governor’s Cup Yacht Race will be held July 31 and August 1, 2015 and will depart from Annapolis, the current seat of government, heading 70 miles south to St. Mary’s City, the state’s original, pre-Revolutionary capital.

As the Committee Start Boat, Pride will occupy one end of the starting line. Officials on board will go through the starting sequence and officially begin the race. Members of the press are welcome to capture the race’s exhilarating start from aboard Pride. To RSVP, contact Laura Rodini at laura@pride2.org or 202-669-3065 (cell).

“For many years, Pride of Baltimore has had a great relationship with the Governor’s Cup, and this year we are thrilled to function as the Committee Boat,” says Executive Director Rick Scott, “This is the 2nd year in a row that Pride will serve in that function. We are also looking forward to celebrating Pride’s rich heritage with the citizens of Annapolis that weekend.”

Pride will offer free deck tours beginning at 10 am on Saturday, August 1 and Sunday, August 2 before returning to Baltimore on Monday, August 3.

Pride of Baltimore’s 2015 Sailing Season

Pride‘s 2015 sailing season will run through October. Visitors 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 and overnight guest crew opportunities.

Pride is also available to be chartered for private day sails of up to 35 people as well as dockside receptions for 100; Contact our office for details.

For a complete schedule of Pride’s activities, visit www.pride2.org.

To learn more about the Governor’s Cup, click here.

About The Pride of Baltimore

For nearly four decades, the Pride of Baltimore and the Pride of Baltimore II have represented the people of Baltimore, spreading a positive message and extending the hand of friendship throughout the world. 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.

A Rendezvous with The Hermione

A Rendezvous with The Hermione

Event Begins a 3-Day Celebration of Historic Proportions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

Deborah Berger dbhermionevoyage2015@gmail.com 646-391-0352 (cell)

Pride II and The Hermione
Pride II and The Hermione

BALTIMORE, June 18, 2015 – Pride of Baltimore II, America’s Star-Spangled Ambassador, will rendezvous June 19, 2015 with the French hand crafted Hermione, an authentic replica of the 18th century ship the Marquis de Lafayette sailed to the Americas in 1780 with news of full French support for the colonial cause. The ships will meet between Fort McHenry and the Key Bridge as Pride of Baltimore escorts the Hermione to the Inner Harbor. A 10 am welcome ceremony includes remarks by U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Deputy Mayor of Baltimore, Colin Tarbert, and from France, Benedict Donnelly, President of L’Association Hermione La Fayette. Opening and closing remarks are by Philip Niedermair, Maryland Chair of Friends of Hermione-Lafayette in America, Inc.

“Recreating such a magnificent and superior frigate with painstaking attention to detail is a feat worthy of the original work of art”, says Paul Raschilla, partner of AKF Group, a sponsor of the Hermione in Baltimore.

The event begins a 3-day celebration featuring deck tours of both ships, public day sails exclusively on Pride, and activities related to #OneBaltimore.

Pride Meets The Hermione: Best Vantage Points

At 7 am on June 19, the ships will meet in the Inner Harbor near the Key Bridge and Fort McHenry. Pride will then escort The Hermione to the Inner Harbor. There will be a salute from Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine at 7:30 am as the ships enter the Harbor.

The best vantage points to see the ships under sail as they enter the Inner Harbor will be from:

– Broadway Pier in Fells Point (900 S. Broadway)

– Tide Point (1040 Hull St.,)

– Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, opening at 6:30 am that day (2400 East Fort Ave)

Other vantage points to consider include: The Canton Waterfront Park, The Promenade, Federal Hill and The Baltimore Museum of Industry.

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, including music from Jonathan Jensen. Click here to purchase tickets

– 12 pm – 4 pm: Traveling Exhibit about The Hermione’s reconstruction and Community Events, including colonial craft demonstrations, fife and drum corps, and sing-a-longs on the Pier.

Location: Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, Constellation Pier 1 (301 E. Pratt Street) and the West Wall (301 Light Street)

For the rest of the weekend’s events, click here.

About the Marquis de Lafayette

“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 participate 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.”

About Pride of Baltimore

For nearly four decades, the Pride of Baltimore and the Pride of Baltimore II have represented the people of Baltimore, spreading a positive message and extending the hand of friendship throughout the world. 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.

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A Rendezvous with The Hermione

A Rendezvous with The Hermione
Event Begins a 3-Day Celebration of Historic Proportions

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

Pride II and Key Bridge, by John Beatty
Pride II and Key Bridge, by John Beatty

BALTIMORE, June 12, 2015 – Pride of Baltimore II, America’s Star-Spangled Ambassador, will participate in an event of international proportions on Friday, June 19, 2015 as Pride will rendezvous with the French-built Hermione, a replica of the Marquis de Lafayette’s 18th-century ship. The ships will meet between Fort McHenry and 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 check for space availability by calling Laura Rodini at 202-669-3065.

The event begins a 3-day celebration featuring deck tours of both ships, public day sails exclusively on Pride, and activities related to #OneBaltimore.

Key Highlights include:

Friday, June 19 from 7-8:30 am: The historic rendezvous between Pride and The Hermione
Friday, June 19 at 10 am: Welcome Ceremony Featuring French & American Dignitaries
Friday, June 19 from 2-4 pm: Musicians aboard Pride during her Public Sail, including composer and BSO bassist Jonathan Jensen, who will perform his original piece, “Pride Shanty,” and other sailing songs
Saturday, June 20 from 9-11:30 am: Nearly one hundred school children affected by the recent unrest in Baltimore, including Sandtown and other neighborhoods, will tour The Hermione and Pride in an effort related to #OneBaltimore

 

Pride Meets The Hermione: Best Vantage Points

L’Hermione makes landfall in Yorktown, VA, courtesy Yahoo News
The Hermione makes landfall in Yorktown, VA, courtesy Yahoo News

At 7 am on June 19, the ships will meet in the Inner Harbor near the Key Bridge and Fort McHenry. Pride will then escort The Hermione to the Inner Harbor. There will be a salute from Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine at 7:30 am as the ships enter the Harbor.

The best vantage points to see the ships under sail as they enter the Inner Harbor will be from:

– Broadway Pier in Fells Point (900 S. Broadway)
– Tide Point (1040 Hull St.,)
– Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, opening at 6:30 am that day (2400 East Fort Ave)

Other vantage points to consider include: The Canton Waterfront Park, The Promenade, Federal Hill and The Baltimore Museum of Industry.

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, including music from Jonathan Jensen. Click here to purchase tickets
– 12 pm – 4 pm: Traveling Exhibit about The Hermione’s reconstruction and Community Events, including colonial craft demonstrations, fife and drum corps, and sing-a-longs on the Pier.
Location: Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, Constellation Pier 1 (301 E. Pratt Street) and the West Wall (301 Light Street)

Saturday, June 20, 2015

– 9 am – 10 am: Sandtown neighborhood students take private tour of The Hermione
– 10 am – 4pm: Public Tours of The Hermione
– 9 am – 1 pm: Public Tours of Pride, including a special tour by Sandtown neighborhood students at 11 am
– 2 pm – 4 pm: Pride Public Sail. Click here to purchase tickets
– 9 am – 7 pm: Traveling Exhibit about The Hermione reconstruction and Community Events, including colonial craft demonstrations, fife and drum corps, and sing-a-longs on the Pier.
Location: Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, Constellation Pier 1 (301 E. Pratt Street) and the West Wall (301 Light Street)

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. Click here to purchase tickets
– 9 am – 7 pm: Traveling Exhibit about The Hermione reconstruction and Community Events, including colonial craft demonstrations, fife and drum corps, and sing-a-longs on the Pier.
Location: Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, Constellation Pier 1 (301 E. Pratt Street) and the West Wall (301 Light Street)

 

About the Marquis de Lafayette

The Marquis de Lafayette, courtesy NY Historical Society
The Marquis de Lafayette, courtesy NY Historical Society

“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 participate 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.”

 

About Pride of Baltimore

For nearly four decades, the Pride of Baltimore and the Pride of Baltimore II have represented the people of Baltimore, spreading a positive message and extending the hand of friendship throughout the world. 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.

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