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The USS Constellation is the most impressive ship here.
Historic Ships in Baltimore
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Pier I 301 East Pratt Street Baltimore, MD 21202
Hours vary. Summer hours generally 10-6 on weekdays and 10-7 on weekends.
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Historic Ships in Baltimore is a museum with 4 US ships that served in military and civilian capacities. The ships include the 19 century sailing sloop USS Constellation, a World War II era submarine called the Torsk, the Taney Coast Guard Cutter also from the World War II era as well as the Lightship Chesapeake that operated as a navigational aid. There also is a lighthouse. All ships are available for self guided touring but the Constellation also had a small museum and an audio tour. Guided tours are available for groups of 10 or more.
Each of the warships has a notable aspect. The Constellation was the last all sailing warship commissioned by the US Navy, and after it became obsolete as a warship it remained in service as a training ship till 1955. The Torsk has the distinction of being the last US vessel to sink an enemy ship in World War II. The Coast Guard Cutter Taney is the last floating ship that saw action in the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Visiting here in July was tricky because the temperature was in the high 90s and that made for very stuffy conditions on the ships. The Constellation is by far the most interesting one. Its modest museum has some ship artifacts and can be seen quickly. There are extensive ship signs explaining how the Constellation operated, but a free audio wand offers a tour from the perspective of a guest in the 1800s and provided a more insightful overall experience. Accessibility was challenging because of steep staircases and lower ceilings on some decks. As for the other ships, the submarine was somewhat interesting but had inadequate signs to get a good sense of it and access was difficult given the nature of the vessel. The Coast Guard ship and the lightship were both quite dull. The existence of the lighthouse was unknown at the time so it was not seen. The Constellation will have a strong general appeal. It has a cool factor. The other ships will have much more limited interest and can be skipped if time is limited.
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