Pride of Baltimore II heading to Great Lakes
Pride of Baltimore II, America’s Star-Spangled Ambassador, departed from Baltimore’s Inner Harbor June 7 for a four-month voyage along the East Coast to the Great Lakes. The tall ship’s mission is to promote Maryland’s economic interests to ports around the U.S. and Canada, as well as participate in the Tall Ships Challenge® Great Lakes 2016, which involves several sailing races throughout the summer. This marks the first time Pride II has left the Chesapeake Bay since 2013.
“In addition to participation in tall ship festivals throughout the Great Lakes, Pride II will also play an economic development role,” said Rick Scott, Executive Director. “Through a recent partnership with the state of Maryland, Pride II will promote economic development and tourism for the state during her voyage to the Great Lakes this summer.”
With her beautiful sails unfurled, Pride II made a farewell voyage around the Inner Harbor and fired her cannons. The ship traveled past Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, one of several vantage points for both photographers and the general public to bid farewell before Pride II‘s return in early October.
Pride II is voyaging north along the East Coast and will enter the St. Lawrence Seaway through a series of locks on her way to the Great Lakes to participate in the Tall Ships Challenge® Great Lakes 2016, a series of races in the five freshwater Lakes. Onboard Pride II, there will be professional photographers and videographers to capture the spirit of the moments and transmit images back to Pride II’s Baltimore headquarters.
Pride II will make stops in Toronto, Ontario; Fairport Harbor, Ohio; Bay City, Michigan; Chicago, Illinois; Green Bay, Wisconsin; Duluth, Minnesota; Erie, Pennsylvania; and Brockville, Ontario, with the possibility of an additional port to be announced. For more information about the Tall Ships Challenge® Great Lakes 2016, visit this link.
At each port, Pride II will offer free deck tours and, in some ports, offer day sails for the general public. She will also host business receptions, as Pride II represents Maryland’s economic development interests throughout North America. Tens of thousands of visitors are expected to cross her decks this summer.