Sails billowing in the wind, the Pride of Baltimore plows through running seas, carrying the city's name to a far corner of the globe. That dramatic image dominates the cover of "Sailing With Pride," a book of color photos of both the original Pride and Pride II by Baltimore photographer Greg Pease.
The $49.95 book of 151 pictures is being released today on the second anniversary of the commissioning of the second Pride. The author will donate $1 per book from the sale of the first 5,000 copies to Pride of Baltimore Inc.
"The ship's mission requires the crew to be away from Baltimore so I felt compelled to do the book to show people at home what it was like with thousands of visitors turning out to see the ship," says Mr. Pease, who has been official Pride photographer since 1977 when he began donating his services. "They were captivated by the idea the Pride was coming to see them."
In that time he has flown to most of the vessels' destinations, from Vancouver, British Columbia to Gydnia, Poland, to record their arrival and departure, taking some 50,000 photographs. He used a variety of means to get the right perspective, including chase boats, helicopters and even a blimp. He volunteers his time -- which he calculates at roughly three months a year over a 10-year period -- but has his expenses coverered by the Pride organization.
Especially noteworthy are Mr. Pease's photos of the building of Pride II in the Inner Harbor, documenting the progress virtually from the keel up.
Complementing the photos, many of them spread over two pages, are excerpts from the ship's log, entered by the captain and crew.
"We selected the parts that best gave a flavor of the mission, that told what it was like to live at sea and to come into port," explains Mr. Pease.
The text of the book includes a brief history of the Baltimore Clipper by naval architect Thomas C. Gillmer, who designed both Prides, and recollections of the vessels' voyages by Barbara Bozzuto, former public relations director for the Pride organization. Also contributing is shipbuilder Peter Boudreau, who was commissioned to do a painting of the historic clipper, Chasseur, for the book.
Mr. Pease and his wife, Kelly Baumgartner, formed the C.A. Baumgartner publishing company specifically to bring out "Sailing with Pride, and plan to issue other picture books in the future. The Pride books is available at B. Dalton, Encore and other local bookstores and gift shops.