Those living in apartments near Johns Hopkins have the opportunity to enjoy the unique treasures that Baltimore offers to anyone with an interest in maritime history. The Port of Baltimore was the target of a British naval assault during the War of 1812, but the successful resistance offered by the U.S. troops at nearby Fort McHenry saved the day, inspiring Francis Scott Key to write the words to our national anthem. Historic Ships in Baltimore provides the opportunity to board ships that have helped shape history.
Step aboard the sole remaining ship that participated in the Civil War. Before entering that conflict, she was patrolling the African coast to prevent illegal slave trading, capturing three slave ships and freeing hundreds of slaves. This ship was commissioned in 1855 and continued to be in active naval service for 100 years. She was the last ship powered only by sail that the U.S. Navy built. Once aboard, you can expect to explore above and below four decks while learning more about ship life from uniformed crew members.
This submarine was commissioned in 1944 and underwent two war patrols during World War II. The first one involved protecting our aircraft as they were bombing Japan. The second one, also near Japan, saw the Torsk sink three vessels, the last of which happened to be the last enemy vessel torpedoed in the war. She also saw service during President Kennedy's blockade of Cuba, for which she earned the Navy Commendation Medal. You can climb down the hatch of the Torsk and see where the crew lived, the torpedo bay, the engine room, and more.
This Coast Guard cutter was commissioned in 1936. Before World War II, one of her duties was to track down opium smugglers in the Hawaiian Islands. The Taney was tied up in Honolulu when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor and was able to engage several of the enemy planes. The ship would see action in the Vietnam War. By that time, she had earned the designation "The Last Survivor of Pearl Harbor" by being the only vessel still in commission to have been present in Hawaii during that attack.
Pride of Baltimore II and LV116 Chesapeake are two more ships that Baltimore provides to satiate your thirst for all things nautical. If living near these national treasures floats your boat, make Academy on Charles your next port of call and contact us to schedule your tour!