Summer tradition since 1976, tall...

TALL SHIPS 'A-COMIN'A

April 29, 1994|By Holton F. Brown

TALL SHIPS 'A-COMIN'

A summer tradition since 1976, tall ships and other international vessels will visit the Inner Harbor this spring and summer. Many of them will dock at the Inner Harbor, West Wall. All ships will be open to the public and admission will be free.

The five tall ships scheduled to visit this year are part of a fleet of nationally owned training ships that tour world ports each year.

At least two of them, the U.S. Coast Guard's Eagle and the Danmark, from Denmark, were part of the city's initial tall-ship festival during the nation's bicentennial in 1976. Those festivities also marked the opening of the rejuvenated Inner Harbor, which at the time consisted primarily of the promenade. Harborplace and some other attractions that dot the Inner Harbor today would be built later.

Tour times and dates for all ship visits will be announced on the arrival of the vessels.

The visits are sponsored by Baltimore Operation Sail, a nonprofit organization supported by corporate contributions. Information: 837-4636, or (800) 282-6632. The expected schedule:

DATE* ......... VISITOR

May 26-29 ..... Eagle, U.S. Coast Guard, 295-ft. tall ship

May 27-June 1.. Karel Doorman, 401-ft. Dutch frigate. At Pier 5,

..... .... .... Inner Harbor May 27-29, then moves to Inner

..... .... .... Harbor West Wall May 29-31.

DJune 15-20 .... Juan Sebastian de Elcano, 308-ft. Spanish tall ship

June 18-19 .... Fell's Point Maritime Festival

July 7-11 ..... Brasil, Brazilian 430-ft. naval training vessel

July 11-15 .... Capitan Miranda, 205-ft. Uruguayan tall ship

July 16-20 .... Tentative visit by Australian naval vessel

July 26-31 .... Libertad, Argentine 336-ft. tall ship

Sept. 2-9 ..... Danmark, Danish 253-ft. tall ship

Schedules are subject to change. Take that old plate, or that box of arrowheads you've had in a drawer to Baltimore's City Life Museum, 800 E. Lombard St., between 10 a.m. and noon tomorrow to be identified by staff archaeologists. This service is part of an open house observing Archaeology Week. Other free features: a noon "flint-knapping" demonstration; 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. lectures on excavations at Mount Clare, Camden Yards and the Carroll Mansion courtyard; 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. interviews with elderly city archaeologists. Information: 396-3277 or 396-3156.

LET'S RIDE A CHOO-CHOO

The B & O Railroad Museum, 901 W. Pratt St., will offer inspections and rides from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday of old cars and locomotives normally closed to the public. Among them: Office Car 908, the Open Car, B&O caboose, a dynamometer car, Western Maryland 236 and pump cars.

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