‘Pride of Baltimore’ to dock in Amherstburg

By Karon Fallon

With Amherstburg’s bicentennial celebrations around the corner one of the many activities that will be featured for the commemoration will be a visit to the area by the tall ship “The Pride of Baltimore.”

“We are extremely honoured to host such an event,” said Anne Rota, manager of culture and tourism.

The 157-ft tall ship, which is a reproduction of an 1812 era Baltimore built topsail schooner, will arrive in the area at noon Saturday Aug. 26 and stay over night.

The original Pride, the Chasseur, is said to have defended America’s freedom during the War of 1812 by serving as an offensive weapon of war and being a blockade runner. The ship is touted to have captured or sank 35 British vessels during the war.

According to a press release from the town, the British attacked Baltimore in 1814 in an attempt to destroy the Fells Point shipyard where privateer ships were built.

During the September 13, 1814 Battle of Baltimore, Francis Scott Key is said to have wrote the words that became part of the American National Anthem – “The Star Spangled Banner.”

“Working with the captain and the crew of the Pride to bring free dockside tours will be a real treat for visitors,” said Rota.

Complimentary tour times are: Saturday Aug. 27, 2 p.m. until 7 p.m. and Sunday Aug. 28, 11 a.m. until 7 p.m.

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