BOARD A BATTLEAXE:Line up for a look...



Line up for a look at the HMS Battleaxe -- the first large ship to visit the Inner Harbor's West Wall in 1993. You may remember it from Tom Clancy's second novel, "Red Storm Rising," a military techno-thriller.

A crew of 232, plus 63 officer cadets from Britannia Royal Naval College, are here, too. The ship sails at 9 a.m Monday for Annapolis, where it will stay until Feb. 11. Docked at the Inner Harbor's West Wall, the British warship will be open for tours from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow and from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday only.

Sip champagne and sample some cake tomorrow at Babe Ruth's 98th birthday party at the Babe Ruth Museum, 216 Emory St. (Arrive between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. and you get in free.) You also may meet Rex Barney, ex-Big League pitcher and current Baltimore sportscaster and Orioles public address announcer. He'll be selling and signing his new autobiography, "Thank Youuuu: Fifty Years in Baseball from Brooklyn to Baltimore." Information: 727-1539.


Chart a course to the Baltimore Convention Center this weekend, and you'll find fishing boats, houseboats, powerboats, pleasure boats and more.

The 39th Chesapeake Bay Boat Show runs Feb. 6-14 and features trailers, engines, marine accessories, fishing equipment and electronics for use both above and below the sea. Workshops will explore boat ownership, operation and safety. Admission. Open 10 a.m. tomorrow, 11 a.m. Sunday.


A few events to note as part of Black History Month:

* Storyteller Devonna B. Rowe explores African-American history through folk music -- from 15th-century tribal songs to 20th-century blues -- from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow at the Top of the World Observation Level of World Trade Center. Admission.

* Satchel Paige, Cool Papa Bell, Josh Gibson and Judy Johnson are featured in a 25-minute film, "There was Always Sun Shining Someplace: Life in the Negro Leagues," to be shown at the Babe Ruth Museum starting Sunday. Thereafter it will be shown Saturdays and Sundays through the rest of February. Showtimes: 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Admission.

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