Sixty-two ports, two oceans and some 37,000 miles after leaving the Chesapeake Bay last fall, the Pride of Baltimore II is home again. The stately replica of the famed Baltimore clipper ships of the early 19th century has completed its fifth mission carrying the message of Maryland business and the Port of Baltimore from the Baltic and Black Seas to Hawaii and Alaska. The time has come again for the state's most effective international ambassador to renew its emotional bond with the people who helped build her.
For the tens of thousands of sailors in Chesapeake country there can be few more enchanting sights than the topsail schooner, her saluting cannons booming, cutting through the water under full sail, as she did in returning to Baltimore's Inner Harbor yesterday. They will have the chance during the spring and fall, as the Pride II visits as many Maryland harbors as will accommodate her 12 1/2 -foot draft. During the summer she will sail north, to Philadelphia, New York and New England, returning with the autumn winds for more port visits along the shores of Chesapeake Bay.