Maritime Museum, Baltimore
There are abt 3 ships/submarine in the Inner Harbor to tour. I would almost consider this a tourist trap bc to visit one of these ships is kinda expensive and not that interesting. We looked at the submarine, it was a cool experience bc I had never been on one. But for my $8 the entire investigation took less than ten minutes. Perhaps only tour these if you are a serious ship fanatic.
If you are a real fanatic definitely check out the traveling ships schedule. They have several working condition ships that come to be exhibited several times a year from all over the world. Those actually see like very cool opportunities bc the ships are active and refreshments are served :)
I rated this cheap because for $18 per person, you get to tour all four ships, putting an individual ship at $4.50 per person. My family toured all four ships on our recent day trip to the Inner Harbor area. The four ships namely; the USS Constellation, USS Torsk, Lighthouse Chesapeake and the
USCGC Taney. These are the surviving historic shipes that fought the trans-Atlantic slave trade, performed daring rescues and providing humanitarian aid.
Together these ships represent over two hundred years of United States Maritime and naval history.
Located conveniently between the Maryland Science Center and the Harborplace Shopping Pavilion, theCLIPPER CITY sails daily from Baltimore's Inner Harbour.
The two-masted topsail schooner sails daily on a 2-hour cruise through Baltimore Harbour, one of America's largest ports. You will sail past the U.S.S.Constellation, Fells Point, Fort McHenry, Francis Scott Key Bridge and dozens of ocean-going ships.
The Clipper City has a full bar , snacks and souvenirs on board.
Two-hour sailing tour offered daily 2-4 p.m. Mon.& Tues. 6-8 p.m.
Baltimore is a popular destination and harbor for sailors of all types and their ships. Not only are 4 historic ships anchored in its snug harbor, but there is a large marina with slips for local pleasure boats as well as those of visitors to the area.
As Baltimore's Inner Harbor is a perfect destination for tall ships from around the world, "Sail Balitmore," an official committee invites particular types of ships from around the world to visit the harbor. As many as two dozen ships may visit in a year's time. The day we visited, the "Cisne Branco," tall ship from Brazil was in harbor and inviting enthusiastic guests to tour the ship admission free. Cisne Branco is Portuguese for "White Swan," and this 250 ft., 3-masted beauty lived up to her name.
The warm wooden decks, trim, soaring masts and rigging transport you to a different era when sailing the sea was the domain many historic naval heros. However, unlike squared-off stern Spanish galleons which carried treasure, battled at sea or became the plunder of pirates, the slender and sleek Cisne Branco's mission is that of training and preserving Brazilian naval tradition, and acting as a goodwill Ambassador for the country of Brazil throughout the world. The Brazilian crew that greeted us on board that day where gentlemanly as well as friendly. They allowed us to view all the topside nooks and crannies but we were not able to view the galley, crew quarters, or engine room. The bow was a favorite place of visitors to snap photos. I particularly like the colorful Brazilian flag floating in a light breeze high above the stern.
THE COIN AT THE BASE OF THE MAIN MAST:
A replica of a 100 Réis coin from 1936 depicts an image of Admiral Tamandaré, the Patron of the Brazilian Navy. When the ship was constructed, this coin was placed at the base of the main mast of the Tall Ship "Cisne Branco". The custom of placing a coin at the base of the main mast of a ship has its origin in an ancient Roman legend; the coin would serve to pay the mythological figure in charge of transporting the souls of the ship's crew to their place of rest.
The ships crew were selling very nice and tasteful t-shirts on board and a few other small souvenirs. We purchased one ($20) for my husband and every time he wears it, it reminds us of the Cisne Branco and her welcoming crew.
Unlike most museums, the Baltimore Maritime Museum doesn't fit within four walls, or walls of any sort. This museum is actually composed of four different historic landmarks, 3 ships and an unusual lighthouse!
Perhaps forty years ago I would not have found sea vessels as interesting as I do now. But now I find that facts, figures, and histories of particular ships (especially cruise ships) are of definite interest to me and I hope the information here will be of interest to lovers of maritime history as well as others.
The USS Torsk, US Submarine #423" arrived in Baltimore to become a museum as well as a memorial in the early 1970's. She is truly a historic ship! One of only ten Tench Class fleet type submarines to see service in World War II, the USS Torsk was based at Pearl Harbor making war patrols off Japan in the Summer of 1945. On her second war patrol lasting less than two months, the Torsk was credited with sinking three Japanese ships before the end of hostilities, of which two Japanese coastal defense frigates are considered to be "the last enemy warships torpedoed in all of World War II." Her record shows includes a 1960 Presidential Unit Citation for service during the Lebanon Crisis, and a 1962 Navy Commendation Medal for actions during the Cuban Blockade. She made over 10,600 dives. From her commissioning in 1944 to her decommissioning on 4 March 1968, the USS Torsk saw action around the globe and truly earned the decorations she received. Lacated next to Pier 3.
The Lightship #116 "Chesapeake", though built from a basic blueprint, was the most modern and technologically "best in stability, signaling capacity, living accommodations, and engineering efficiency then available." Construction of the solid steel ship was completed in 1930 in South Carolina by the Charleston Machine and Drydock Company at the cost of $274,424. ..quite a sum considering this took place during the Great Depression. (Imagine how many jobs the building of this ship provided!) The diesel-electric powered Chesapeake featured signaling beacon lamps mounted on two masts with 13,000 candlepower each. Her first assignment was the Fenwick Island Shoal station, followed by stints in the Chesapeake Bay, service in WWII, and at signaling stations along the Eastern seaboard, etc. She became part of the Baltimore Maritime Museum in 1982. Located next to Pier 3.
The Seven Knoll Lighthouse is the oldest surviving "screw-pile" lighthouse built to aid navigation of the Chesapeake Bay. Beginning its duty at the mouth of the Patapsco River, its beacon began warning ships away from potential danger in 1856, four years before the Civil War bagan. Unlike many other famous lighthouses which were built upon land, the Seven Knoll sat atop cast-iron piling which screwed into the seabed itself. The remaining portion of the lighthouse seen today, seemed to me to not be very tall at all and therefore, not highly visible to ships. However, it is said that it's beacon could be seen for 12 miles. The lighthouse has some interesting stories to reveal about its former keepers--particulary one who had a daughter born in 1875 in the lighthouse and who was named "Knolie. The Seven Knoll Lighthouse is hard to miss at the inner harbor as its round, red-painted exterior and black iron railings really stand out in the Inner Harbor. Located on Pier 5. NOTE: Admission to the Seven Knoll lighthouse is free!
Another ship with a very interesting past is the USCGC Taney Built in the Philadelphia Navy Yard in 1935-36, she was based in Honolulu at the time of the attack by the Japanese on December 7, 1941. Attached to a destroyer division at the time of the attack, the Taney is the last surviving warship of Pearl Harbor still afloat. The Taney also saw further WWII service in the Pacific at the Battle of Okinawa, in the Atlantic, and even the Mediterranean. She was known as "The Queen of the Pacific" while based on the California coast before playing a role in the Vietnam war. One again based on the east coast, she was adapted to search & rescue, weather patrol, made major drug seizures at sea, etc. Her glorious history was put to rest when she was decommissioned on December 7, 1986, and luckily later became part of the Baltimore Maritime Museum. Located next to Pier 5.
The U.S.S. Constellation will be covered in a separate tip.
Tickets can be purchased to view these ships next to Pier 3.
Adults 15-59: $10 - 1 ship; $13 - 2 ships; $16 - 4 ships
Seniors 60+: $ 8 " " ; $11 " " " ; $13 - " "
Youth 6 -14: $5; $6; and $7
Children under 5: FREE
Military Personnel with ID: FREE
March - October 10am - 5:30pm
November - February 10am - 4:30
You can tour three different ships at the BALTIMORE MARITIME MUSEUM. USCGC Taney, a Coast Guard Cutter that saw action at Pearl Harbour; U.S.S. Torsk, a submarine from World War II and Chesapeake, a lightship LV-116 that guided mariners through the Chesapeake Bay.
Open daily 10:00 a.. to 6:30 p.m.
Children 6 - 14 $4.00
Children under 6 Free
The Maritime Museum is in the center of the Inner Harbor. You can buy a ticket that gets you into all 3 ships (USS Torsk, USCGC Taney, Lightship Chesapeake), and the Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse. The USS Torsk was the last standing submarine at Pearl Harbor.
Also check out the USS Constellation.
We have lived inthe Baltimore area for over 15 years, but we never bothered to go aboard any of the ships in the Inner Harbor until 2004. I guess we thought it was too touristy (though I don't know why because they're never crowded) or I guess we didn't think much of them at all. But once we finally visited (escorting visitors from our-of-town), we're glad we did.
The ships can all be boarded on one ticket, as they collectively form the Baltimore Maritime Museum. For us, the most interesting was the USS Torsk, a submarine that sunk the last two Japanese vessels of World War II. Wandering around the confines of the sub is not only interesting, but makes you wonder how so many people survived for so long in such cramped spaces.
The next most important ship is the USCG Taney, the last surviving ship from the attack on Pearl Harbor. On the same ticket you can also visit a light ship and a lighthouse, but save those for last in case you run out of time on the first two. If you want to do all these things and go on the USS Constitution, you can get a more expensive ticket.
Visit the Baltimore Maritime Museum and purchase a ticket, this will get you in to see several fun and historic landmarks.
Main photo; Check out the USCGC TANEY built in 1935 to 1936, this warship is the last ship remaining from the attack on Pearl Harbor Dec 7th 1941. Decommissioned on 7 December 1986 after many years of service.
2nd photo; Gotta check out the USS TORSK SS-423 submarine, 1st commissioned December 1944 after being involved with WWII and the bombing raids on Japan and sank 3 Japanese war ships. Also had several other duties before Decommissioned on 4 March 1968 then brought to Baltimore in 1972.
3rd photo; The Lightship Chesapeake LV-116 / Wal-538, was built in 1930 and was the most modern for it's time. I love lighthouses and Lightships, this is good stuff, lots of history.
4th photo; Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse built in 1856, this is the oldest surviving screw-pile used to aid navigation to the Chesapeake Bay
There are several ships you can visit in the Harbor area, with the main one being the tallship Constitution (which was under repair during my visit). There is also a fregate, a coast guard ship, even a submarine.
There are plenty of old ships docked in the Inner Harbor that you can tour. The tour passes are very cheap (under $10) and it really gives you a close up feel of how the early American sailors lived... some of those living quarters were extremely tight....
The maritime museum is a somewhat informal affair priced at $7 for adults. You can walk around a few ships, relatively at ease. They have a coast guard cutter, a light ship, a submarine, and a few others.
The museum is spread across a number of piers in the inner harbor area. At the foot of each pier is a large number of shops and restaurants, along with some number of amusements.
Along the harbour, you can see a couple of old, historic ships. They are part of the Baltimore Maritime Museum. For instance you can see the submarine called Torsk, the Sailboat USS Constellation and the coast guard cutter Taney.
Youcan enter these boats as part of the museum every day in the summer and on weekends in the winter time. Average opening hours are between 10AM and 6PM. Tickets cost $7 for adults, with various discount rates available.
You can buy tickets at piers 1 and 3.
This museum is made up of a submarine, a cutter, a lightship and a lighthouse. The U.S. Coast Guard cutter 'Taney' is the last surviving warship still afloat from the attack on Pearl Harbor.