BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The will be embarking on a month-and-a-half long journey to participate in different races and festivals.
America’s Star-Spangled ambassador is heading out to sea to make stops in Charleston, Bermuda and Boston.
The busy schedule is filled with appearances and educational opportunities.
“Pride is a world renowned vessel, she is known throughout the world, she is unique in an American historical sense, and she is appreciated for that uniqueness,” said Jan Miles, the ship’s Captain.
The Pride of Baltimore II has sailed more than 250,000 nautical miles and visited countries around the world.
The ship is a reproduction of a Baltimore clipper that helped America win the War of 1812.
She promotes Baltimore and invites people onboard to learn about an important piece of history.
“Its unique to the Chesapeake Bay in Baltimore, we use that in the 21 st century as a way of marketing Baltimore, marketing Maryland, it’s business friendly, it’s a way of introducing our history to other folks,” Miles said.
It will be a very busy schedule for the 18 crew members on the voyage, which consists of staff and paying guests.
“One of the glues in any family is around the kitchen, so in the galley we try to be as friendly, I always have some nice music on, I have flowers I make it as cozy as possible,” said Phil Keenan, a cook on board the ship.
The crew will be working, sleeping and eating in close quarters over the next seven weeks. It’s an opportunity to honor Baltimore’s rich history and enjoy life at sea.
“It forces you to live in the moment, and to be present and that’s a wonderful thing,” Keenan said.
The Pride of Baltimore II will be returning to the City at the beginning of July, they will be open for tours in the Inner Harbor July 4.
For more details and to follow the ship on its journey, click here.