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Battered Baltimore buoy gets some Sailabration love

Battered Baltimore buoy gets some Sailabration love

It’s a much-battered part of the Baltimore Harbor scenery, bobbing in the water just above the Key Bridge on the way to the Inner Harbor. Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of boats—including Tall Ships and Navy warships--will pass by the Francis Scott Key buoy this week on their way to take part in Sailabration, Maryland’s Star-Spangled commemoration of the War of 1812. The buoy sits on the spot where the lawyer and amateur poet Key watched the British Navy’s relentless shelling of Fort McHenry and the fort’s response—the raising of the American flag. The two-ton marker has been on duty each summer since 1976. It has been rammed and smashed by massive cargo...

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