Baltimore celebrated the 200th Anniversary of our National Anthem with a "Star Spangled Spectacular" event (Sept 10-16). It was a week of activities that culminating in the celebration of the night Francis Scott Key wrote the poem that would become this nation's anthem. With Baltimore's long and rich maritime history, this event also provided another opportunity for the much beloved tall ships to sail into town, right out of the history books.

Today we have look across the harbor at the USCGC Eagle, a three-masted ship from the home port of New London, Connecticut. It's known as "America's Tall Ship" and is used in the training of Coast Guard Cadets, some of our future leaders of tomorrow. At just under 300-feet in length, she casts a long shadow, even in low light. :-)

Built in 1936, this "Eagle" is the 7th to bear that name in a long history of these Cutters.,The first was commissioned in 1792. The tradition proudly continues in the image above.

It was a rather crisp morning when I set up for this 8-second, long-exposure shot. It was also one of my favorite times for photography, around 5:30 AM when you seem to have the world to yourself for a short time. 

There is however, one thing missing from tall ships when docked. Those magnificent sails that really lend that sense of strength and style to them. That's when they are truly at their best, running full-sail on the high seas. I simply must catch one with the wind in it's sails.

Until next time...

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