C'MON ABOARD: If visiting ships turn you on, this is a good weekend to come aboard. Four modern Dutch warships and two Polish sailing vessels, one of them a bona fide tall sailing ship, are open for tours today and tomorrow.
The Polish ships, the Dar Mlodziezy and Zawisza Czarny, are here en route to New York for that city's Columbus Quincentennial Celebration. Most of the world's tall ships are participating in this international event, which began with a race from Cadiz, Spain, to San Juan, Puerto Rico, this spring.
The Dar Mlodziezy is the Polish Merchant Marine Academy's training vessel. It is a 311-foot full-rigged ship, launched in 1981 after construction in the naval shipyard in Gdansk, Poland.
The Zawisza Czarny has been the Polish Sea Scouts' training vessel for 30 years. It's a rebuilt 118-foot fishing trawler.
You can visit the Dar Mlodziezy for free at Harrison's Pier 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. tomorrow. The ship departs for New York on Monday.
The smaller Zawisza Czarny will be docked at Fells Point's Ann Street dock and is open for free visits between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. today and tomorrow.
If modern warships are more to your liking, the Inner Harbor has them this weekend, too. Visit two Dutch warships on the Inner Harbor's west wall between 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. either day. They're the Tromp, a 454-foot air defense frigate, and the Van Kinsbergen, a 428-foot frigate. Two other Dutch ships docked at North Locust Point are not open to visitors.
PLAN AHEAD: Next weekend is the Fourth of July, which means a couple of special events around the Inner Harbor:
* A submarine to visit. It's the Canada, an undersea visitor from the nation by the same name, scheduled to arrive in port next Friday, July 3.
* Fireworks will fly over the Inner Harbor next Saturday, July 4, at 9:30 p.m. The celebration takes place as part of Baltimore's Fourth of July Weekend at the Harborplace amphitheater. The whole celebration starts Friday, July 3, and ends next Sunday. It will include the music of Regency, the magic and juggling of Variety in Motion, and for the car lover in your family, an antique and classic vehicle rally.