USS Constellation

USS Constellation Docked

One of the major attractions for tourist visiting the Baltimore Inner Harbor is the USS Constellation, the last Civil War vessel still afloat. Built in 1854, it instantly transports you back in time when you see it. From any angle, it strikes an imposing view as she sits docked at Pier 1. I have posted about this historic vessel before, most recently about one year ago here. It's also posted in the Photography Chat Community of Google Plus. Today we share a pre-dawn image taken from the top of Federal Hill, located across the harbor and south of Pier 1. I zoomed the 18-200mm all the way out to capture the scene below.

USS Constellation Docked
USS Constellation Docked

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In 1994 this ship, now on the National Registry of Historic Places, was condemned as an unsafe vessel. Her future seemed to hold a trip to the scrap yard but a $9 Million dollar restoration project was undertaken, and this great vessel was saved.

This shot was a 20-second long exposure and was processed in Photoshop CS6 where it received a generous crop. Afterward I used the Oil Paint filter and the new Blur Gallery to reach this final look.

Thanks so much for visiting!

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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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Sunrise on the Harbor

Happy Monday, friends. I truly hope everyone has enjoyed a great weekend, and for those of us here in the U S, we celebrate the Labor Day holiday today. This marks the unofficial end of Summer. In today's short post I'll simply share a recent sunrise on Baltimore's harbor after a stormy night. I shot this in the north west corner of the inner harbor, along the popular promenade where so many locals and tourists hang out.

By the way, I did not want to tip the hand with the title, but that ship in the foreground is the historic USS Constellation. Still afloat since 1854, this former naval vessel is the second to carry this name, the first (a Navy Frigate) being disassembled in 1853. This is one of the tourist stops for folks who want to touch a bit of Baltimore's and this nation's history.

As always, thanks for visiting, and have a great day!

Sunrise on the Harbor
Sunrise on the Harbor
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