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The ships that did Baltimore proud


Planners envisioned the Pride of Baltimore as a museum re-creation that would float placidly at an Inner Harbor dock. Instead, the two ships that have born the name Pride of Baltimore have sailed the globe, as shown in a nice documentary tonight.

* "The Pride: Legacy of the Baltimore Clipper" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Station news anchors Donna Hamilton and Virg Jacques present a captivating film, released last year as a membership premium of the Pride of Baltimore Foundation. It charts the history of Baltimore's goodwill ambassadors, including some pretty vivid survivor accounts of the 1986 sinking of the first Pride of Baltimore off Bermuda, in which four crew members lost their lives.

* "Christy" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Tyne Daly gets a co-writing credit for a new episode, and her real-life daughter, Kathryne Dora Brown, also makes an appearance. LeVar Burton joins the cast in a recurring role as Daniel Scott, a resident of a remote village called Freedom, who has ambitions to study medicine. CBS.

* "777: First Flight" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., MPT, Channels 22, 67) -- In 1958, a Boeing 707 made the first commercial jet flight in the United States, carrying 111 passengers from New York to Miami. This spring, Boeing introduced its newest jet, and this documentary follows its development. PBS.

* "Grace Under Fire" (9 p.m.-9:30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- In a touching repeat from February, Grace (Brett Butler) meets the son (Tom Scott) she gave up for adoption when she was a pregnant teen-ager. ABC.


* "Personal fX: The Collectibles Show" (noon-1 p.m., fX) -- Host John Burke says 500 people showed up in Birmingham for an April "Appraise-a-thon," such as the one taking place live in Fells Point Plaza for this program. Two weeks ago in Pittsburgh, he adds, a visitor discovered that a family heirloom lamp might be worth $15,000. The cable network of Fox Television, which has been on location in Baltimore this week, invites visitors to bring their collectibles for an evaluation.

* "Philadelphia" (9:45 p.m.-midnight, Showtime) -- Tom Hanks won an Oscar for his portrayal of an HIV- infected lawyer who sues his law firm when it fires him. The screening is one of a number of cable programs tonight in the third annual "Day of Compassion" sponsored by Cable Positive, the cable industry's AIDS action organization.

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