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Welcome Pride of Baltimore 2
The clipper was king
in the mid 1800s. Sleek sailing ships were the pride
of the New England coast. Portsmouth, NH and Baltimore, MD were
among the finest clipper building ports in the world. But the
Portsmouth clippers are all gone -- Typhoon, Nightingale
, Witch of the Wave, Wild Duck.
Built in 1988, the Pride of
Baltimore 2 is a floating ambassador for its namesake city.
This visit is part of an ongoing series of events sponsored by the
Piscataqua Maritime Commission (PMC).
We caught up with the Baltimore and joined the
welcoming parade as the tall ship approached the Memorial Bridge
across from the Navy Yard. Notice how the sky changed color and the
sun and clouds shifted from minute to minute. Along this very same
stretch of land the clippers were built on both sides of the
Piscataqua. Slipping under the Sarah Long Bridge, we took a
new vantage point as the Baltimore fired a welcoming salute right
into our little fishing boat.
The clippers were the high-tech
wonders of their age. Their speed allowed the rapid transport of
cargo. That same speed made them candidates for use as slave ships
in an era where the West India trade was lucrative. The first
Pride of Baltimore sank in 1986 in a storm off Puerto Rico. VISIT
THE BALTIMORE FOR TOURS
Pride of Baltimore Arrives in Portsmouth, NH
June 1, 2001
All pictures by J. Dennis Robinson
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