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Tall Ships by the Yard

Four giants of yore sail up the Patuxent

Maryland Dove (1978) is a re-creation of The Dove (1634) that ventured from England to Maryland with The Ark to start the colony of Maryland. Her main mast towers 64 feet. She has been in feature films and adds color and history to many St. Mary’s festivals and events.

Tall ships ruled the sea during the age of exploration. Tall ships discovered America, brought colonists to Virginia, Maryland and Delaware and brought the British to wage a couple of wars.
    In 1812, the new United States Navy was short on tall ships. British naval strength towered over ours, bringing big guns to the fight. Our Navy used flotillas of small, everyday boats to run up the rivers in defense. The small ships took advantage of the Bay’s landscape while the tall ships of the British could only stay in the deepest waters.
    This weekend, ships made in the image of tall ships of yore invade Solomons, then sail up the Patuxent River to Jefferson Patterson Park to anchor offshore as a backdrop to the reenactment of the Battle of St. Leonard Creek.
    See them throughout Solomons with free tours on all four ships Saturday from 9 to 11am. Have your sea legs? Sail on Kalmar Nyckel, Pride of Baltimore II or Sultana June 18 to 22.
    Full details and sign-ups for the sails at www.choosecalvert.com/1812.

Pride of Baltimore II, top, standing 107 feet tall, is a goodwill ambassador for the City of Baltimore and Maryland built in 1988 after the original Pride of Baltimore sank in a storm in 1986. Both Prides are replicas of a Baltimore clipper, Chasseur, nicknamed Pride of Baltimore. She is most like the American ships used in the War of 1812.
Sultana (2001) is a replica of the HMS Sultana (1767) and stands tall with a 67-foot tall rig. The original was built in Boston but sold to the British and patrolled the American coast as the smallest schooner ever in the Royal Navy. She enforced the Tea Taxes and now celebrates Chestertown’s Tea Party Festival that started as a rebellion against the tax. Based out of Chestertown, she makes education sails to ports around the Bay.
Kalmar Nyckel stands 105 feet tall and replicates an original 1625 Dutch pinnace. Her predecessor sailed for the Dutch Navy and the New Sweden Company and was one of the pioneering ships to land in Delaware. Now Kalmar ­Nyckel, built in 1997, makes her home in Wilmington, Delaware, when she is not sailing into ports across the world as a floating museum of colonial and maritime history.