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Comfort leaves Baltimore for final time
Comfort leaves Baltimore for final time

A maritime icon slipped out of Baltimore for the final time Tuesday morning, without speeches or hoopla, brass bands or balloons. Only a small band of well-wishers waved and took pictures as the Navy's 894-foot hospital ship Comfort left Pier 11 in Canton, its home for more than two decades, on its way to a new permanent berth in Norfolk, Va. The national anthem played on tinny speakers and tugboats slowly eased the Comfort into the harbor and pointed it toward the Key Bridge. "It's a sad day," said Steve Cartwright, the pier manager, who threw off the gangway line, then walked away with his hands in his pockets and head down. "My dad had this job before me. He...

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