OSWEGO, New York – Pride of Baltimore II will adorn the Port City harbor at the three-day Oswego Festival of Sail event set for June 25, 26 & 27, according to Festival of Sail Committee Member and H. Lee White Marine Museum Executive Director Mercedes Niess.
Pride of Baltimore II is a reproduction of an 1812-era Baltimore Clipper privateer.Â She is Marylandâ€™s working symbol of the great natural resources and spectacular beauty of the Chesapeake Bay region, and a reminder of Americaâ€™s rich maritime heritage.
Pride of Baltimore IIâ€™s mission is to educate the public on Marylandâ€™s maritime history, tradition and commerce opportunities.Â As the worldâ€™s most traveled historic tall ship, Pride of Baltimore II promotes historical education regarding Baltimore Clippers, naval innovation, the War of 1812, and the penning of â€œThe Star-Spangled Banner;Â serves as a unique learning platform to build math, science and social studies programs; and serves as a visual representative of American History and entrepreneurship for Maryland and the Port of Baltimore in every port she visits.
The Pride of Baltimore II will join two other tall ships, Lynx, and Unicorn, at the event. Tours will be available on each of the vessels, and sail aways are available on the Lynx throughout the festival. The event, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day at the Oswego West Pier in the Historic Maritime District in Oswego, will cost $10 per single adult, $8 for Seniors 65 and over, $5 for youth ages 5 to 16, free for children under 5, and/or a flat fee of $25 for families up to 6 persons. If you wish to participate on a sail away there will be a separate fee.
Pride of Baltimore II was commissioned in 1988 as a sailing memorial to her immediate predecessor, the original Pride of Baltimore, which was tragically sunk by a white squall off Puerto Rico in 1986, taking her captain and three crew members down with her. Both ships were built in the Inner Harbor as reproductions of 1812-era topsail schooners. This type of vessel, called Baltimore Clippers, helped America win the War of 1812 and finally secure its freedom.
Since her commissioning, Pride II has sailed nearly 200,000 miles, and visited over 200 ports in 40 countries in North, South, and Central America, Europe, and Asia.Â â€œWeâ€™re thrilled to have the Pride of Baltimore grace our city for the 2010 Festival of Sail event,â€ said Jonathan Daniels, Festival of Sail Committee Member and Executive Director of the Port of Oswego Authority. â€œThe historical significance of the ship and its beauty will be a great addition to our community for the weekend.â€
The Festival of Sail event is being sponsored by North Shore Oil Company, Dunkin Donuts, Best Western Captainâ€™s Quarters, Step One Creative, Oswego County Department of Promotion and Tourism, City of Oswego, The Palladium Times, Pathfinder Bank, NRG, H. Lee White Marine Museum, Port of Oswego Authority, National Grid, Entergy, Eagle Beverage, Sysco Foods, and Greater Oswego/Fulton Chamber of Commerce.
The weekend schedule will be as follows:
Friday, June 25 â€“ Community welcome.Â Dedicated to families and our Active Duty, Reserve and Retired Military men and women. All military will be offered a 50% discount on their admission on Friday by showing their military ID. Water related youth activities will highlight the day and pirate or historic costumes are encouraged. Along with tall ship tours, sail aways on the Lynx, tours of H. Lee White Marine Museum, and historical presentations will take place throughout the day.
Friday, June 25 â€“ Community welcome.Â Dedicated to families and our Active Duty, Reserve and Retired Military men and women. All military will be offered a 50% discount on their admission on Friday by showing their military ID. Water related youth activities will highlight the day. Along with tall ship tours, sail aways on the Lynx, tours of H. Lee White Marine Museum, and historical presentations will take place throughout the day.
Saturday, June 26th â€“ â€œDunkinâ€™ Donuts Dayâ€ at the Oswego Festival of Sail. Tall ship and museum tours, sail aways on the Lynx and youth activities.Â The Oswego Festival of Sail Stage will feature The Cortini Brother with Tommy Ciappa and Joanna Jewett from 3-5:30pm.