May 10, 2013

Woodwind Greets the Pride of Baltimore II

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This Friday, as Woodwind sailed back from her evening cruise,the crew spotted The Pride of Baltimore II.  We retrieved our 10 gauge signal cannon and bore down on the Pride.  Crew, Andy Barton waited until the perfect moment and fired.

Andy shout's "Fire in the hole!"

Andy shout’s “Fire in the hole!”

 

 

 

 

Firing a cannon (with blanks) is a traditional way to welcome ships into a harbor.  In fact before phones, firing a cannon when a ship came into the harbor, alerted the citizens that they had visitors, or packages.   Important visitors became known as big shots.

The Pride of Baltimore II is a replica of the fast vessels that were often referred to as  Baltimore Clippers.  They were built in the early 1800′s and some saw service during the War of 1812.  Her website is http://www.pride2.org/.

Andy checks main trim as our guest takes the helm.

Andy checks main trim as our guest takes the helm.  Meanwhile, Ken checks the cannon.

It was a lovely evening and everyone had a great time.

Captain Ken

About Captain Ken

How do you answer the question, What do I want to do when I grow up? For me, it was, ask the question what do I love to do that I can share with others and make it a career? I taught instrumental music to elementary students for 25 years. When that was no longer an option due to budget cuts, I asked the question again? This time the answer was, with the help of my family, Schooner Woodwind.
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