Reporting Jessica Kartalija
BALTIMORE (WJZ) — One final wave as tall ships from around the world sail away. It’s the very last day of Sailabration. We’re capping off a very successful week of large crowds and beautiful sights in Baltimore waters. Jessica Kartalija has more on the ships’ departures.
Naval warships began their departure around 6 a.m. Tuesday, the grand finale of a week-long celebration commemorating the bicentennial of the War of 1812.
“We had great crowds. We are so grateful for the wonderful weather we had, a premiere of a new symphony, outdoor festivals and the Blue Angels airshow. It was a fantastic week. We are thrilled,” said Jill Feinberg.
Just a few hours later—led by the Pride of Baltimore II—tall ships from around the world sailed past Fells Point and Fort McHenry in a grand departure. Like the cannons that welcomed the ships to Baltimore, business is booming around the Inner Harbor.
At the Rusty Scupper, general manager Ed Prutzer says they are still seeing record crowds.
“I looked over the records a little bit and it was 30% over our previous busiest week that we’ve ever had here at the Rusty Scupper,” Prutzer said.
Sky Eye Chopper 13 flew overhead as the tall ship Cualtemac bid farewell to Baltimore.
Sailabration is the first of several events that will commemorate the War of 1812 over the next three years.