Replica, a 336-foot tall ship and an...

A BEVY OF SHIPSA

July 23, 1993|By Karen Zeiler

A BEVY OF SHIPS

A replica, a 336-foot tall ship and an oceangoing merchant ship drop anchor at the waterfront this week and next.

* First in town will be the Half Moon, an 85-foot Dutch replica ship that arrived today and will dock at the Inner Harbor between the Maryland Science Center and Harborplace's Light Street Pavilion. Launched in 1989, the ship is furnished in 17th-century style, with sea chests, weapons, tools and navigational instruments. It is modeled after the original Half Moon, built in 1608 by the Dutch East India Company and sailed by Henry Hudson in 1609. The ship's visit ties in with the American Numismatic Association's 102nd convention (more below). Visitors to the ship and at the convention can purchase a commemorative medallion produced by the Dutch Mint. Visiting hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow through Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. next Saturday

* The Libertad, one of the world's largest tall ships, arrives Monday. The Argentine sail training ship has 220 crew members and 150 cadets. The ship docks at the Inner Harbor's West Wall and is open for public tours from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. July 31.

* And then, one of the oldest U.S. merchant ships (built in 1944) completes the trio. The Texas Clipper, which carried troops and wounded from Pacific battlegrounds during World War II, arrives late Wednesday. Details and visiting hours next week. The annual Firehouse Exposition and Muster at the Baltimore Convention Center is under way at the Baltimore Convention Center. Attend seminars on rural firefighting, burn prevention and rescue procedures. See "Terror in the Towers," a presentation on the World Trade Center bombing, at 5 p.m. today in Room 307-310.

Models of firehouse apparatus will be on display from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow in the Convention Center lobby, and an antique fire memorabilia auction is set for 5 p.m. tomorrow in Room

307-310. Hours: 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow.

The convention is expected to draw more than 8,000 firefighters, officers, their families and exhibitors. Firehouse magazine is sponsoring the events. Admission: $7, free for children under 12.

On Sunday morning, the firefighters put on an eye-appealing parade of more than 120 pieces of antique and contemporary fire apparatus. The Charles F. Nichols pipe band and the Westminster Marching Band will join the procession, which begins at 9 a.m. on Service Drive at Oriole Park at Camden Yards and proceeds east on Camden Street. The parade pTC disbands at Camden and Sharp streets. Information: 437-6054. Baltimore's favorite play-by-play radio announcer, Chuck Thompson, is being inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., on Aug. 1. The 1993 recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award for sports broadcasting excellence will get a big send-off at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the Babe Ruth Museum, 216 Emory St. At the ceremony, he will unveil the "Maryland Sportscasters Hall of Fame" exhibit, which will showcase items from his long career, including his personal cap, microphone and 1966 World Series Ring.

CREATURE FEATURE

Come face-to-face with some scaly life forms. Turtles, lizards, boa constrictors, crocodiles and cobras are featured from 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Tuesday at Reptile World at Rash Field's Kaufman Pavilion, part of the Baltimore Office of Promotion's Kids' Stuff entertainment series. At the same time on Thursday, staffers from the National Aquarium don costumes to explore myths about sharks, jellyfish, eels and other sea creatures in "Marshlands: Mysterious and Dangerous Creatures." Free. Information: 837-4636.

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