May 4, 2006

The Baltimore

Docked at the Baltimore Museum of Industry is an old steam tug named "Baltimore." It has been restored and makes a few harbor runs every year. Built in 1906, this year marks the boat's centenary.


Anonymous said...

Steam Tug BALTIMORE may be accessed by using the URL of:
Baltimore & Chesapeake Steamboat Company

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday ST BALTIMORE! Now that you are a century on the scene (one third of the Port of Baltimore's entire existance, 1706-2006, what will become of you?

Rumor has it that you plan to follow in the footsteps of Frank Hennessy and the National Bohemian Beer flagship and goodwill ambassador fame of bay skipjack sail boat CHESTERPEAKE.

But rumor also has it that if this is to ever be, you must first receive a new hull of steel as your original wrought iron is about to give way. Such a price tag may run into the millions.

Do you suppose you could turn to the Monumental City for help? What about the State of Maryland, who has benefited materially by your efforts and that brought to the Port of Baltimore?

Will the existing maritime industries rally to your cause or is the port trade, like some say of you (something of an Old Fezziwig who "laid down his pen, and looked up at the clock..."), a thing of the past?

Shall we conclude that this once noble endeavour... like so many other prizes worth saving, is a little behind its time?