Twenty-seven years ago tomorrow, Pride of Baltimore II was commissioned. Pride II was commissioned as a sailing memorial to her immediate predecessor, the original Pride of Baltimore, which was tragically sunk by a white squall off Puerto Rico in 1986, taking her captain and three crew members down with her.
It was a tremendous outpouring of support from the people of Maryland that allowed Pride II to be built, a “larger and sturdier ship whose role was to promote Maryland’s economic interests.”
Thousands of people gathered for the occasion, capping off a week’s worth of events, including a 60-mile bicycle trip through 8 Maryland counties. In honor of Pride II‘s commissioning, we will be posting related newspaper clippings from this time in 1988 as well as fun, informative articles. So travel back into history with us through the end of the month as we revisit the momentous occasion! #27forPride2 #Pride2Anniversary #TallShip.
Pride II‘s Captain and her first crew are profiled here by the Baltimore Sun: “I see this vessel going far afield, back to Europe, back to Japan, around the world,” says Captain Jan Miles, “When we go abroad, we’ll wind up being an ambassador for the USA.” Read the article from our archives here:
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THE SUN – OCTOBER 18, 1988