The words of Sea Fever by John Masefield haunted me (along with John Ireland’s famous musical arrangement) a lot of the time I was in Baltimore because Baltimore has a maritime history worthy of any European port and a maritime feel only equalled in my experiences by Amsterdam and Amsterdam is my favourite European city. I have been there 6 times. Well, Baltimore is equally welcoming and equally inexhaustible. We spent three weeks there and have decided we need another visit to see what we missed.
But allow me to show you. At Harbour 1 and dominating the newly developed Bay site lies USS CONSTELLATION. She was the first sight we saw as we got near our hotel, her rigging all lit up, draped with light. She is magnificent.
No wait she’s a bit more magnificent than that
She is a Sloop of War, launched in 1854 (100 years before my own launch) Don’t you just love that? sloop of war 🙂 In her time she was part of the fight against slavery and freed some 4.000 men women and children from slave ships. She served with the Mediteranean and African Squadrons andlater as a training ship was known as the Cradle of Admirals. She was towed to Baltimore in 1955 ( I was one then 🙂 ) and the townspeople have restored and cared for her ever since. With a little help from friendly tourists.
It was a joy to be board her.