Star Spangled Sailabration

USCGC Eagle

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Baltimore celebrated the 200th Anniversary of our National Anthem with a "Star Spangled Spectacular" event (Sept 10-16) with a week of activities. With Baltimore's long and rich maritime history, this provided another opportunity for the much beloved tall ships to sail into town, right out of the history books.

The Tall Ship Dewaruci

Today we return to the Star Spangled Sailabration held in Baltimore (mid-June 2012) that marked the bicentennial of the war of 1812 and inspire Francis Scott Key to write the U S National Anthem.  Tall ships sailed into port from around the globe for this event and provided quite a spectacle. The KRI Dewaruci, operated by the Indonesian Navy, is shown below.

Dewaruci - Tall Ship
Dewaruci - Tall Ship

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In a previous post we had a peek at this tall ship in the background of this boat rental image.

These massive vessels are truly a sight to behold and are always immaculately maintained.

Construction of this ship began in 1932 and was completed 20 years later, after a suspension of the project during World War II. It's overall condition gives no hint of it's true age.

Below we have a black and white version.

KRI Dewaruci - Tall Ship - B&W
KRI Dewaruci - Tall Ship - B&W

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Both images were pulled into Lightroom 4 where a landscape preset was applied before making other slider adjustments. The B&W was also converted in LR4.

Thanks for clicking by, see you soon. ;-)

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USS Constellation

Welcome back! I hope you enjoyed a wonderful weekend. For me, it presented an opportunity to settle back into a regular routine after some time away.

Recently, the bicentennial of the war of 1812 was commemorated in Baltimore's Inner Harbor with an event titled "Star-Spangled Sailabration. "Tall Ships" from all over the globe arrived here in Baltimore's harbor for this historic event and I was able to capture some images, which will be posted here soon. Baltimore, particularly Fort McHenry, played a key role in this conflict.

But first things first. I want to begin with a harbor resident and floating museum, the USS Constellation. Decommissioned in February 1955, after 100 years of service, she was relocated to Pier 1 of Baltimore's harbor, now known as Constellation Dock. This ship was built in 1854, replacing the original Constellation frigate (1797 to 1853) and was designated as a National Historic Landmark in May of 1963. This is quite a tourist attraction with people from all walks of life visiting this ship during visits to the area.

For many Maryland natives like myself, I think this great treasure is sometimes forgotten. Below is an early morning shot just off the bow.

USS Constellation
USS Constellation

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This image is a 3-shot bracket (-2 to + 2) taken about an hour after sunrise, just a short walk from the USCGC Taney, posted here previously. It was a good thing arriving early on this visit as news reporters and their associated satellite trucks and equipment were all over the place, including the Today Show's Al Roker. Later in the day it would have been difficult to get a clear shot of most points of interest.

The Constellation Museum is not open at this early hour, so no updated onboard shots (just yet). :-)

I'll close out this post with an image of the stern.

USS Constellation - Stern
USS Constellation - Stern

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I wanted to include a bit more of the ship from this perspective but a local news crew was already setup to the right.

If you are ever in Baltimore you must visit the Inner Harbor and some of the many historic treasure in this area.

Thanks so much for visiting!

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