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SAME FORT, DIFFERENT

April 22, 1994|By Holton F. Brown and Nathan M. Pitts

SAME FORT, DIFFERENT WAR

Best known for its connection with the War of 1812, Fort McHenry will be the scene this weekend of a recreation of civilian and garrison life during the Civil War.

During the Civil War, the fort was a Union military prison for Confederate prisoners of war and political prisoners.

Among the activities planned for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday by about 200 re-enactors are drills, a Sunday sermon, Civil War baseball and the pageantry of a military review. Tomorrow night only, torchlight tours of the fort and the encampment will be conducted. Free tickets are available for those tours on a first-come, first-served basis. Call the park at 962-4290 and ask for Civil War torchlight tickets. The Fort is at end of Fort Avenue, off Light Street.

Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke and Neighbors United will observe National Volunteers Week by presenting Volunteer Appreciation Day at noon today in Hopkins Plaza, between Baltimore Street, Hopkins Place and Charles Street. In the case of rain, the ceremony will be held in the main lobby of the Baltimore Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St.

QUICKIES

Want to meet someone who made sports history in Baltimore? You will have the chance to meet former Orioles outfielder Paul Blair from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Harborplace Amphitheatre. He'll be available to chat and sign autographs. . . . The Baltimore Museum of Industry, 1415 Key Highway, will let in residents of Baltimore City, and Anne Arundel, Baltimore and Harford counties for free from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

PRIDE UPDATE

It's out of sight, but not out of mind. The Pride of Baltimore II, the sailing ship that represents Baltimore, is more than 1,200 miles into an 1,850-mile trip to Hilo, Hawaii. If you wonder what it's like to be on a smallish boat way out in the Pacific, here are a couple of excerpts from Capt. Jan Miles' daily messages to the Pride's office downtown:

* April 15: Speed comes and goes as the wind comes and goes and changes direction a little. . . . No fish, no birds fighting about a place to sit, no fish biting, no radio chatter from nearby boats, no boats sighted, no helicopters. Maintenance continues, flying fish still fly by the dozen as we slide by, startling them. Dolphins and porpoise still swim by occasionally. We see a new bird, possibly a gannet, that looks similar to the brown booby, but it is mostly white.

* April 16: Merely steady sailing [over the last 24 hours]; a sublime experience. We have had over four days of it.

The wind comes and goes from 3 to 5 knots. . . The boat speed goes from 5 to 10 knots. . . The sea remains less than 8 feet; it often is only 5 feet. The deck stays dry, except when we are up to 10 knots. The days get hot when there is no cloud cover, so hot we must bucket down [wet] the deck every two hours.. . .

We are doing quite a bit of [work] at night; the visibility is good with all of the stars out. Last night was the third night with the new moon; it is really getting bright out during the night.

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