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Pirate ships launch at the Inner Harbor

Ahoy, mates!

A fleet of 12 solar-powered pirate ships, happily sans gangplanks, are to begin plying the Inner Harbor today.

The boats, set to be launched at an 11 a.m. ceremony, can be boarded at the Living Classrooms Foundation dock, off Pratt Street between the World Trade Center and the National Aquarium.

The boats are owned and managed by Living Classrooms, which also runs the fleet of “Chessie Dragons” paddle boats that can be seen prowling the harbor.

Each pirate ship can hold up to six passengers, and is powered by a lithium ion battery that uses solar energy, according to a release from Living Classrooms. Today’s launch marks the first attraction to open at the Inner Harbor in five years, according to Foundation officials.

The pirate ships and paddle boats will offer summer jobs to about 50 teens and young adults, according to the release.

Renting the pirate boats will run between $25 and $35 per half-hour, depending on how many people are onboard.

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