The Baltimore Harbor has been a historic seaport since the early 1700s when it was used as a point of entry for the tobacco trade. In 1729 the Carroll Family made available the tract of land now known as the Baltimore Inner Harbor, naming it Baltimore Town, in honor of the 2nd Baron of Baltimore, Cecil Calvert.
With it's location just upstream from the Chesapeake Bay and access to the Atlantic Ocean, Baltimore quickly became a valuable and strategic port city. During the late 1700s Baltimore was the nation's leader in shipbuilding, becoming famous for it's "Baltimore Clippers", a sailing vessel built for speed and used as Privateers. Today, the once heavily industrialized port is a tourist attraction, a plan first unveiled in 1964.
Soon I will launch a new series entitled "Historic Baltimore" where images and short stories of historic locations and landmarks will be featured. Below, I share a few images of the inner harbor area as it appears today.
Here is an early morning shot if the iconic National Aquarium as seen from the base of the Baltimore World Trade Center.
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With the millions of photographs of this area in existence, I attempted to present an angle quite different from what is usually seen. The USS Torsk, now a museum, can be seen along Pier 3 in front of a section of the National Aquarium. Let's have a little closer look of the USS Torsk.
This pre-dawn long-exposure (8 sec) image was taken on a crisp but calm morning. There was no wind to speak of and the still waters kept the submarine from drifting into a blur.
Lastly, what's a marina without a marina shot at dusk? The scene below was captured in 2013 on an evening visit, just after the sun had set.
The red neon sign in the background is the iconic Domino Sugar Plant, the last major manufacturing plant operating in the inner harbor. We will cover that in greater detail during the upcoming Historic Baltimore Series.
In the meantime, I thank you for stopping by today.