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Pride of Baltimore II to depart Chesapeake Bay for four-month, 8,000-mile voyage

The Baltimore Sun
The historic Pride of Baltimore II will be leaving Baltimore for the first time since 2013.

The Pride of Baltimore II leaves the Chesapeake Bay Tuesday morning and won't return until it completes a four-month, 8,000-mile voyage through the East Coast and the Great Lakes.

It's the first time the vessel will leave the bay since 2013. The ship is set to depart from the Inner Harbor at 9 a.m. and head to Norfolk, Virginia.

Baltimoreans can see the historic ship before it leaves at Fells Point, Federal Hill or Fort McHenry. The Pride II will travel around the Inner Harbor and fire its cannons.

"We are excited to take Pride II out of her home waters for the first time in several years," Captain Jan Miles said in a news release. "Pride of Baltimore II is Maryland's working symbol for the great natural resources and spectacular beauty of the Chesapeake Bay region, and a reminder of America's rich maritime heritage."

Other stops the Pride II will be making before its October return include Toronto; Chicago; Green Bay, Wisconsin; Duluth, Minnesota; and Erie, Pennsylvania.

The Pride II has traveled more than 250,000 nautical miles and visited 40 countries since its 1988 commissioning.

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