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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun and Baltimore Sun reporter | December 30, 2010
Jim Jackson, a retired water taxi captain operator who helped educate pilots on the tourist waterway routes between Harborplace and the foot of Broadway, died of lung cancer Dec. 14 at his Arlington, Va., home. He was 74 and had lived in Fells Point. Born James Alfred Jackson in Wilmington, Del., and raised in North East in Cecil County, he joined the Army at age 18 and served in Germany. After military service, he attended the University of Maryland, College Park, where he studied journalism.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | July 16, 2014
The voice of the water taxi operator off Canton came over the radio Wednesday morning. "We're taking on water," he said. "I think sinking or capsizing is imminent. " Emergency responders listening to their radios at a nearby pier immediately shifted into gear, readying themselves for the start of a mock exercise rescuing dozens of overboard victims in the Inner Harbor. The energy was apparent, if somewhat awkward. "You want to try to do good on these things," said Skip Minter, a longtime boat pilot for the Baltimore Fire Department, whose job was to maneuver out to the training scene — dozens of life jackets strewn about in the water — and return the "victims" back to shore.
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By Matthew Dolan and Matthew Dolan,SUN STAFF | December 22, 2004
Baltimore's Inner Harbor moved a step closer to expanding its popular water taxi service yesterday when one of three competing companies was chosen for exclusive contract negotiations with the city. The winning proposal from Harbor Boating Inc., a company commonly known as Ed Kane's Water Taxi, pledged to maintain its service around the Inner Harbor and help the city seek state and federal funds to develop a broader commuter system, according to owner Cameron Kane. The proposal states that Harbor Boating, operated by Kane, will continue as the city's sole provider of water transportation.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | July 15, 2014
Emergency personnel will converge on Inner Harbor waters near Canton on Wednesday as part of a staged water taxi disaster, an event geared toward assessing rescue capabilities and practicing response techniques. Between 8 a.m. and noon, first responders from various federal, state and local agencies will be rescuing flotation devices and "dummies" representing casualties or adrift taxi passengers in water near the 3200 block of Boston St., the Mayor's Office of Emergency Management said.
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By Andrew A. Green and Andrew A. Green,SUN STAFF | May 11, 2003
Ed Kane, Baltimore's water taxi pioneer and renowned curmudgeon of the Inner Harbor, died yesterday of complications from lung cancer. He was 72. A weather-beaten, chain-smoking man given to Greek fishermen's hats and good-natured intellectual argument, Mr. Kane was a community affairs representative for Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. when he got involved in planning the first City Fair in 1970, an effort to restore optimism and unity in the wake of...
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By Tom Pelton and Tom Pelton,SUN STAFF | April 30, 2004
For 37 years, Thomas Pierce gave his wife a rose on the 13th day of each month - a monthly thanks for the day they married, Aug. 13, 1966. On March 6, Pierce, his wife, Joanne, and their daughter, Lisa, were riding in a water taxi on Baltimore's Inner Harbor when the boat capsized in a sudden wind, killing mother and daughter. He placed a rose beside his wife's casket. But the New Jersey computer programmer didn't want to stop giving out flowers. So when the next 13th rolled around, in April, he anonymously sent 60 roses to people who had been kind to him, including members of the U.S. Naval Reserve who plunged into the icy water near Fort McHenry to rescue him and 19 other survivors.
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March 1, 1997
AS BALTIMORE'S public works director, George S. Balog is a powerful man. He commands a big budget and an army of workers, who can favor friends or punish enemies. This fact is well understood: Mr. Balog derives much of his considerable power from being one of the most productive fund raisers for Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke's political causes.Mr. Balog has now made a peculiar contribution to the commemoration of the 200th anniversary of Baltimore's incorporation. At the start of the tourist season, he has banished one of the two rival water taxi companies from using city landings at the Inner Harbor.
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By From staff reports | June 7, 2003
In Baltimore City Crewmen of water taxi rescue man in harbor The two-man crew of a water taxi rescued a man in the Inner Harbor Thursday night. Capt. Nathan R. Purvis, 37, of Edgewood, and mate Bernard M. McKenna, 25, of Woodberry in Baltimore, employees of Ed Kane's Water Taxi, pulled the man from the water about 9 p.m. near the Rusty Scupper restaurant. They were alerted by a passenger and the man's cries. The man recovered on shore. He spoke little English and said he was Russian.
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October 8, 2005
NATIONAL DeLay indictments challenged The legal team of former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay asked a court yesterday to throw out his indictment, arguing that a Texas district attorney attempted to browbeat and coerce grand jurors into filing criminal charges. pg 3a WORLD ElBaradei, agency win Nobel Mohamed ElBaradei and the organization he leads, the International Atomic Energy Agency, won the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize yesterday for working to limit the spread of nuclear weapon technology.
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By From staff reports | May 1, 1998
An Inner Harbor water taxi service lost a round in its battle against a competitor yesterday when a Baltimore Circuit Court judge declined to issue an injunction to stop Silver Clipper Inc. from using 15-foot boats at the Harborplace amphitheater.But operators of Harbor Boating Inc. said their fight isn't over: They will ask the city not to contract with Silver Clipper as a water taxi service. Harbor Boating, which operates Water Taxi, also has filed a $9 million suit against Silver Clipper, complaining that its larger boats create wakes in the water that make it unsafe for Water Taxi boats.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | December 30, 2013
About 5 p.m. on a recent afternoon, Kevin Leslie and Chris Zorn, both 28, hopped off a small boat onto a short pier at the Canton waterfront, headed for happy-hour drinks at nearby Claddagh Pub. The friends had met after work - Leslie at Wells Fargo and Zorn at Big City Farms - and for their evening in popular O'Donnell Square, the Harbor Connector water taxi was the easy choice for getting across town, they said. "There are no stoplights on the water, and you always know exactly when [the boat]
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | September 19, 2013
The on-demand town car service Uber has a new offer for Baltimore customers this weekend: boat trips across the Inner Harbor. The company is partnering with Baltimore Water Taxi to offer boat connections between 11 points - including popular destinations in some of Baltimore's trendiest neighborhoods - between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The company, which offers hirable sedans that customers can order using a phone app, said it "got to thinking - why go around, when the most efficient route between two points is a straight line?"
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Yvonne Wenger | March 26, 2012
As I try to recall the moment when my concern really set in, I remember walking into a dark, narrow hallway inside the front door of a brick rowhouse in Pigtown. My real estate agent, Clay Tucker, scanned the walls for the light switch. When he found it, I almost wished he hadn't. We passed by the dingy white, peeling walls to the winding staircase for the second-floor, $975-a-month apartment. I scanned the no-frills place and compared the space to my house in South Carolina. Our mortgage is $1,040 a month for a three bedroom, one-and-a-half bath ranch house on a quarter acre with granite countertops, a fenced-in yard dotted with big shade trees and a car port.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun and Baltimore Sun reporter | December 30, 2010
Jim Jackson, a retired water taxi captain operator who helped educate pilots on the tourist waterway routes between Harborplace and the foot of Broadway, died of lung cancer Dec. 14 at his Arlington, Va., home. He was 74 and had lived in Fells Point. Born James Alfred Jackson in Wilmington, Del., and raised in North East in Cecil County, he joined the Army at age 18 and served in Germany. After military service, he attended the University of Maryland, College Park, where he studied journalism.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | July 16, 2010
Robert Sebeck, a Baltimore City firefighter who jumped into the harbor to rescue people aboard a capsized water taxi in 2004, died after falling from a roof July 12 while repairing a chimney at his Abingdon home. He was 49. Born in Baltimore and raised in Belair-Edison, he was a 1979 graduate of Archbishop Curley High School. He joined the Baltimore City Fire Department and was stationed at Oldtown in downtown Baltimore before serving as an emergency boat operator at the city's fire and rescue maritime station at Fort McHenry.
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January 4, 2010
In the coming weeks, it should be a lot easier to get around downtown Baltimore. The first of three long-planned circulator bus services designed to shuttle business travelers and tourists through the area is set to open Jan. 11, carrying passengers along a route that runs from the Hollins Market area to Harbor East. Best of all, at least as far as passengers are concerned, the ride will be free. The Charm City Circulator is patterned after free shuttle bus services in other cities that aim to reduce traffic congestion along crowded downtown thoroughfares and cut down on air pollution produced by vehicle emissions.
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February 21, 1998
THANKS TO competition, service by Inner Harbor shuttle boat companies keeps improving. Ridership is up. Unusuallytemperate weather has created demand for year-round operation.An unprecedented 400,000 passengers were ferried within the last 12 months by Ed Kane's Water Taxi. Add to that well over 100,000 visitors transported by Ron Morgan's Harbor Shuttle and it's clear these criss-crossing boats are thriving as never before.With the two companies' contracts expiring in March 1999 -- along with a third operator's exclusive agreement to service Fort McHenry -- the city is in a position to further upgrade the water shuttles.
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