University of North Carolina at Wilmington

Shipping News

Shipping News

As Pride of Baltimore II motors out of the Inner Harbor to set sail near Fort McHenry, Captain Jamie Trost jokes, “If we abandon ship today, you can keep your Pride of Baltimore II lifejacket as a souvenir.” Passengers sitting on the shining hardwood deck laugh. The smell of hot wood, suntan lotion, and mucky water lingers in the air as Trost talks about the role of tall ships in Baltimore during the War of 1812.

The Pride of Baltimore II has 12 crew members and two rotating captains, Jan Miles and Trost. The ship was commissioned in 1988 to carry on the legacy of her predecessor, Pride of Baltimore, which was launched in 1977 and was tragically lost...