BALTIMORE — The city launched the Pride of Baltimore II Saturday, nearly two years after its predecessor sank in a freak storm in the Caribbean.
"It's a new clipper but it's the old Pride," Mayor Kurt Schmoke said at the dedication ceremony. "After a two-year absence, the Pride of Baltimore will once again sail down the Chesapeake Bay and beyond."
Thirteen tall ships were in the Inner Harbor to honor the new Pride, which was carried by crane from the berth where 19 craftsmen worked for a year to build the ship.
The original Pride of Baltimore was a topsail schooner built along the lines of an 1812 Baltimore clipper. For safety reasons, it was not allowed to carry passengers.
The $1.5-million Pride II is larger than its predecessor and will carry passengers, said Peter Boudreau, head of the shipbuilders.
The original Pride was returning from a tour of Europe on May 14, 1986, when it was capsized by a gust of wind from a thunderstorm off Puerto Rico. The ship's captain and crew of three were lost.