The Pride of Baltimore II has 12 crew members and two rotating captains, Jan Miles and Trost. The ship was commissioned in 1988 to carry on the legacy of her predecessor, Pride of Baltimore, which was launched in 1977 and was tragically lost at sea in 1986 off the coast of Puerto Rico with her captain and three crew members. Though the ship was owned by the city, it was managed by the nonprofit Pride of Baltimore Inc. According to Trost, "Pride Inc. and the city both said, 'Well this should be the end and we should do right by all the people who were affected by this'" when the first ship was lost. Then, as Trost has it, the citizenry stepped up and said "'No.You have to rebuild our pride!'" Both ships were built in the Inner Harbor and meant to replicate the best parts of the topsail schooners called Baltimore Clippers, which played a valuable role in helping America win the war of 1812.