In 2017, we celebrated the 40th anniversary of the launch of the original Pride of Baltimore,
the first tall ship built to represent a city and a state, as well as the first Baltimore Clipper to be built in 150 years.
In 2018, Pride of Baltimore II, built to carry on the mission of the original Pride —
to promote historical maritime education, foster economic development and tourism,
and represent the people of the city of Baltimore and the state of Maryland in ports throughout the world — turned 30. 2018 was a tough year for us because lack of funding prevented us from sailing. We weathered that storm, though, and came back and had a great 2019 season.
Now, although Pride II is again sitting at the dock under cover due to the global pandemic, we are still working hard, focused on Pride II's future, to ensure that she can sail again in 2021 and for many years to come.
Plan to come aboard in 2021, but, in the meantime, stay tuned to our Facebook page to find out about all of the virtual offerings from our captain, first mate, and office crew. Don’t miss our regular live program, Coffee with the Captain, on Saturday mornings at 9 a.m.
We are confident that, together, we can keep our Pride sailing, even through the rough seas and storms!
Wow! More than 40 years of Pride tradition under our keel, thanks to you and other generous supporters over the years. Pride II can easily sail into the coming decades, with one requirement: sustained income. Maintaining a wood tall ship from year to year is costly. The ship is owned and managed by the 501(c)3 nonprofit Pride of Baltimore, Inc., which relies on individual donations, corporate philanthropy, and grants to bridge the gap between earned income and operating expenses each year. Yes, we do receive some funding from the State of Maryland, but that funding only covers about one-third of our expenses. If you have an interest in keeping Pride of Baltimore II sailing, please help us to do just that.
We hope that you'll join the Privateer Society, the special group for sustaining, or monthly, members. Setting up a recurring monthly donation will spread your gift across the whole year and you won't need to remember to make an annual donation. It is very helpful to us in planning for the future to be able to predict to some degree the monthly donations that we can expect to receive. You can join the Privateer Society for as little as $5 per month. To join, please be sure to toggle on "Make this a recurring donation (Monthly)" toward the bottom of the form (the toggle button will turn blue when it is on).
You may, of course, choose not to join the Privateer Society and simply give a one-time gift instead. We are thankful for every dollar!
Thank you for helping to keep the wind in our sails!