Port of Baltimore
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Today’s stop is the Port of Baltimore. Baltimore has an amazingly rich maritime history and the Port of Baltimore plays a key role in Still Life.
1. The port’s official name is The Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore. It was renamed for Helen Delich Bentley during the 2006 celebration of the port’s 300th birthday. Helen was an amazing lady, and I’m honored to say she was a fan of the Alaskan Courage and the beginning of the Chesapeake Valor series prior to passing late last year. If you’re ever interested in learning about this incomparable lady and the Port of Baltimore, be sure to check out Helen’s book Great Port of Baltimore Its First 300 Years 1706-2006.
2. The Port of Baltimore started in the 17th century as an access point for Maryland’s tobacco trade with England.
3. The Port of Baltimore became famous for its shipbuilders. They gained renown for their Baltimore clippers as well as the Continental Navy.
4. Baltimore is home to the USS Constellation. This ship is the last Civil War vessel afloat. It was built in 1854 and is the last all-sail warship built by the US Navy.
5. Baltimore’s Fort McHenry defended the Baltimore harbor during the War of 1812 and is the birthplace of the American National anthem, written by Francis Scott Key.
6. Baltimore’s waterfront neighborhood of Fell’s Point was the second largest point of immigration after Ellis Island.
I love driving home past the port, seeing the ships and knowing the rich history of my home state.
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Merchant ships aren’t the only ships to travel in and out of Baltimore’s port these days. Over the last few years, Baltimore has become a key cruise port, leading cruises through New England, Canada, and down to the warm Caribbean. Have you ever been on a cruise? If so, where? If not, what would be your top cruise destination?
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