By Linh Bui

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Step back in time this weekend. The Pride of Baltimore II is docked at Fells Point, and you can explore this piece of history like never before.

As Linh Bui reports, this is a very special year for the ship.

A Baltimore icon docks in Fells Point.

“She’s absolutely beautiful. I absolutely love her actually. It’s always exciting when she comes down here,” said Asylynne Wright.

The Pride of Baltimore II  is a replica of the amazing vessels that sailed the globe in the 19th century. The civilian vessels, used to capture British merchant ships, were critical to winning the War of 1812, which resulted in our National Anthem.

“It looks great. I think it’s a great thing to have something like this in the city,” said Warren Hegenbuch.

This summer marks the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812. Pride II will be part of events all over the Chesapeake Bay.

Pride II usually travels around the world, but for the first time in the ship’s 25 year history, it will stay in local waters all year, sailing within 150 miles of Baltimore.

“I wish it would stay over here all the time. This is where it belongs,” said Suzanne Merrill.

“One of the first things they notice are our guns here,” said Captain Jamie Trost, Pride of Baltimore II.

Starting this weekend, Pride II will offer guided deck tours for the first time ever, providing a more in-depth, educational experience.

“We’ll actually have opportunities for people to come out and sail and really live that history of 200 years ago when the War of 1812 was going on,” Trost said. “Private citizens of Baltimore were sailing out to engage the British with their own ships.”

Sailing back into the past.

“It’s a really unique piece of not only Baltimore’s history, but our nation’s story,” said Trost.

Next, the ship heads to Havre de Grace and then Annapolis before coming back to Baltimore.

If you’d like to see the Pride of Baltimore II and take a guided deck tour, click here.

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