Historic Ships in Baltimore

Historic Ships in Baltimore Historic Ships in Baltimore represents one of the most impressive maritime collections in the world, including USS Constellation, USCGC Taney, USS Torsk, Lightship 116 'Chesapeake' and Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse.
Historic Ships in Baltimore is a 501 (c)3 museum responsible for the preservation of USS Constellation, USCGC Taney, USS Torsk, Lightship 116 'Chesapeake', and Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse.
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Welcome to the official page of Historic Ships in Baltimore. Located between Piers 1 and 5 in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, the ships and lighthouse reveal Life at Sea from the mid-19th century to the mid-1980's. From fighting the Transatlantic slave trade to daring rescues on the Chesapeake; the historic ships provided humanitarian aid and defended the freedoms we hold dear. Open to visitors daily, the ships offer tours and activities, live cannon firings, educational programs and more!

Mission: Historic Ships in Baltimore is the steward of the US Sloop-of-War Constellation, US Submarine Torsk, US Coast Guard Cutter Taney, Lightship 116 "Chesapeake", and Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse. It is also the custodian of related artifacts, materials, and histories from these national treasures, celebrating over 200 years of naval and maritime history.

Did you know #USCGCTaney hosts over 26,000 visitors across the deck each year? Some of our visitors are former crew memb...
12/01/2019

Did you know #USCGCTaney hosts over 26,000 visitors across the deck each year? Some of our visitors are former crew members of USCGC Taney and the six sister ships with the same design. Often, former crew members and their families receive tours of their former work stations, such as the Boiler Room seen here. Support National Historic Landmark USCGC Taney http://historicships.org/TaneyHull.html

. #givingtuesday #givingtuesdaymilitary #HistoricShipBmore #MuseumShips #WWIIHistory #USHistory #PearlHarbor

Tomorrow we are celebrating #MuseumStoreSunday! Stop by our museum and check out our ships! On your way out don't forget...
11/30/2019

Tomorrow we are celebrating #MuseumStoreSunday! Stop by our museum and check out our ships! On your way out don't forget to stop by our museum store aboard the USCGC Taney for our coins, apparel, games, collectibles, and more!

USCGC Taney hosts over 1,400 students and their families on overnight adventures each year! Groups get a chance to visit...
11/30/2019

USCGC Taney hosts over 1,400 students and their families on overnight adventures each year! Groups get a chance to visit the bridge on the USCGC Taney, typically only viewed from a distance. The support of our hull preservation project will keep USCGC Taney available for our immersive programs for years to come.

Support National Historic Landmark USCGC Taney http://historicships.org/TaneyHull.html #givingtuesday #givingtuesdaymilitary #HistoricShipBmore #MuseumShips #WWIIHistory #USHistory #PearlHarbor

Mark your calendars for our Winter Hours!  All ships will be open Saturday and Sunday.  Winter hours are in effect Decem...
11/29/2019

Mark your calendars for our Winter Hours!

All ships will be open Saturday and Sunday. Winter hours are in effect December 1 through February 29.

Restoration work on #USCGCTaney takes place year round. This past summer, the port side was cleaned and repainted from a...
11/29/2019

Restoration work on #USCGCTaney takes place year round. This past summer, the port side was cleaned and repainted from a float off the port side. However, some parts of the hull need to be attended to below the waterline. This is why the dry docking for hull repair is crucial for the preservation of USCGC Taney.

Support National Historic Landmark USCGC Taney here: http://historicships.org/TaneyHull.html#HistoricShipBmore #MuseumShips #WWIIHistory #USHistory #PearlHarbor

Dahlgren FFR
11/27/2019

Dahlgren FFR

Think your holiday meal prep is outlandish? Try preparing 89,000+ pounds of turkey!

Happy Thanksgiving!  All sites and offices are closed on Thursday, November 28.  Please visit us Friday, November 29 fro...
11/27/2019

Happy Thanksgiving! All sites and offices are closed on Thursday, November 28. Please visit us Friday, November 29 from 10am-4pm. All ships will be open!

U.S. Coast Guard
11/25/2019

U.S. Coast Guard

Today's recipe is for dessert lovers - old fashioned apple pie! #ACoastGuardThanksgiving

2 (9 inch) unbaked pie crusts
7 cups peeled, cored and sliced apples
1 cup white sugar
2 tbsp all-purpose flour
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp salt
2 tbsp butter

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
2. In a bowl combine apples, sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Place mixture in a pastry-lined, 9 inch pie plate. Dot with butter and adjust top crust that has been vented.
3. Place in oven and bake at 425 degrees for 10 minutes. Turn oven temperature down to 275-300 degrees and bake 40-50 minutes or until crust is golden brown and apples are tender.

U.S. Coast Guard
11/25/2019

U.S. Coast Guard

Today's recipe is mushroom, chestnut, and sausage dressing. This dish serves 10. #ACoastGuardThanksgiving

3 oz dried wild mushrooms
1 gallon plus 1 cup (17 cups total) chicken broth, warmed
2 lbs Italian sasuage, ground (or removed from casing)
2 lbs French bread, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
3 tsp olive oil
1 onion, diced
5 celery stalks, diced
2 cups French chestnuts
1 tsp fresh sage, chopped
½ cup flat-leaf parsley, chopped
Salt
Pepper

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Combine dried mushrooms and warmed chicken broth and soak for one hour. Drain mushrooms and reserve broth. Roughly chop mushrooms and set aside in a large bowl.
3. Butter the inside of a 2-quart baking dish (or 9x13-inch baking dish).
4. Combine bread cubes and olive oil. Stir to coat. Spread bread cubes out on a baking sheet and toast until golden and crunchy, about 15 minutes. Transfer to bowl with bread and mushrooms.
5. Melt 6 tsp of butter in a pan. Sauté onions and celery in butter until translucent, about 8 minutes. Add chestnuts and sauté for about 2 more minutes. Add to bowl with bread and mushrooms.
6. Melt remaining 2 tsp butter and cook sausage until no longer pink. Add to bowl with bread, mushrooms, and vegetables. Add sage and parsley to bowl.
7. Warm reserved broth and add enough to bread mixture to moisten. Season with salt and pepper.
8. Transfer to prepared dish.
9. Bake at 375 degrees uncovered for 1 hour until golden and crispy. Cover with aluminum foil if surface begins to brown too much.

U.S. Coast Guard
11/22/2019

U.S. Coast Guard

We know you're busy preparing for all the cooking next week. We've got you covered with recipes from the fleet! Check back all week to see recipes our Coasties love.

Lets start with citrus and herb-crusted turkey:

1 turkey, thawed and rinsed
2 onions, chopped
2 celery stalks, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
1 garlic bulb, cloves peeled
1 bunch fresh rosemary
1 bunch fresh thyme
1 orange, cut in half
1 lemon, cut in half
1 lime, cut in half
½ cup butter, softened
Olive oil
Salt
Pepper

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
2. Wash turkey and season with salt and pepper. Add onions, carrots, celery, and garlic cloves inside cavity.
3. Squeeze all citrus into cavity and place all remaining skins in cavity. Put rosemary and thyme bunches in cavity.
4. Add salt and pepper to softened butter. Gently lift turkey skin and rub butter between skin and breast.
5. Rub outside of turkey with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
6. Truss turkey and place in roasting pan breast side down.
7. Roast for 1 hour.
8. Carefully flip turkey, breast side up in roasting pan. Continue to roast until brown and internal temperature reaches 180 degrees F (total roasting time will depend on turkey size).
9. Let rest 15 minutes before carving. Garnish with herbs and citrus.

Who works on a watch?  Naval History & Heritage Command has the answer!
11/21/2019

Who works on a watch? Naval History & Heritage Command has the answer!

How do you secure a vessel?  Naval History & Heritage Command has the answer!
11/14/2019

How do you secure a vessel? Naval History & Heritage Command has the answer!

Protecting our Chesapeake Bay is important to us here in Baltimore's Inner Harbor! This Friday, our neighbors at the Nat...
11/13/2019

Protecting our Chesapeake Bay is important to us here in Baltimore's Inner Harbor! This Friday, our neighbors at the National Aquarium will be hosting a talk in conjunction with the National Audubon Society discussing our fisheries and what can be done to protect the bay for wildlife and for future generations.

The talk will be held at the Aquarium's Animal Care and Rescue Center on Friday, November 15, from 1:30-3:30 PM.

Learn more here: https://bit.ly/2NREPiJ

Naval History & Heritage Command
11/11/2019
Naval History & Heritage Command

Naval History & Heritage Command

President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: "To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…"

Learn more about the History of Veterans Day below.

Historic Ships in Baltimore is gratified to tell the stories daily of  crews representing U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, a...
11/11/2019

Historic Ships in Baltimore is gratified to tell the stories daily of crews representing U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, and U.S. Marine Corps.

Historic Ships is proud to always offer a 20% discount to all active duty, reservist, and retired military personal and their dependents with valid military ID. Military discount tickets must be purchased on-site.

Naval History & Heritage Command
11/10/2019

Naval History & Heritage Command

Happy Birthday U.S. Marine Corps! 🎂 Since the 1790s, U.S. Navy has done little without the involvement of the Marine Corps.

On Nov. 10, 1775, the Continental Congress established two battalions of Marines who would be “able to serve for and during the present war between Great Britain and the colonies, unless dismissed by order of Congress.”

After 244 years of partnership with the U.S. Navy, the bond between the two services has never been stronger—from fighting for our country’s independence during the American Revolution to raising the American flag at the Battle for Iwo Jima, “until every battle is won.” The Navy is proud to have the U.S. Marines as a partner, and we wish the Devil Dogs a happy birthday.

Learn more about our unique relationship here: https://go.usa.gov/xpgWr

Waterfront Partnership
11/10/2019

Waterfront Partnership

Welcome to the NE Brasil! This Brazilian Navy training vessel will be visiting until November 14. You can visit it in Fell's Point on the Broadway Pier! Check sailbaltimore.org for deck tours and more information.

11/08/2019

USS Constellation will not be giving the 1:00 PM "Powder Monkey Tour" on Saturday, November 9th. However, we'll still have a full day of programs for visitors!
Stop by at 11:45 or 2:45 for a live firing of our 20-pound Parrott Rifle, at 1:00 for a presentation on food in the Navy, or at 2:00 for a demonstration with the ship's capstan.

Brush up on your nautical expressions with this great infographic from Naval History & Heritage Command.  Learn about tw...
11/07/2019

Brush up on your nautical expressions with this great infographic from Naval History & Heritage Command. Learn about two common maritime terms derived from Old English!

Last week Historic Ships’ director, Chris Rowsom, met on board #USSTorsk with Japanese historian Jun Shimada. Mr. Shimad...
11/06/2019

Last week Historic Ships’ director, Chris Rowsom, met on board #USSTorsk with Japanese historian Jun Shimada. Mr. Shimada has written a book about Torsk’s battle with Japanese coastal defense frigate no. 13 on August 14, 1945. We were honored to receive his book, as well as a message from the defense frigate’s last surviving crew member. An incredible piece of history! #historicshipsbmore #museumship #Japan #wwii #navalhistory

Happy 5th Birthday to our neighbor Mr. Trash Wheel!  Located just past USCGC TANEY, Mr. Trash Wheel is a googly-eyed tra...
11/06/2019

Happy 5th Birthday to our neighbor Mr. Trash Wheel! Located just past USCGC TANEY, Mr. Trash Wheel is a googly-eyed trash interceptor that catches trash from the Jones Falls Stream before it enters the Inner Harbor and beyond. Make sure to check it out next time you visit us.

Bravo Zulu to Waterfront Partnership and their partners for their continuing work to keep Baltimore and the Chesapeake Bay clean!

Check out their announcement for the fourth (!) trash wheel in Baltimore here: http://bit.ly/NewTrashWheel

In honor of the fifth anniversary of Mr. Trash Wheel, we got a shot of the team that keeps the trash wheels turning. For every project, we rely on a wonderful group of funders, creatives, community members, partners, & more. We're proud of our Waterfront community!

Thanks to @promoandarts and @bmorebookfest for having us at Kids City this year!  Join us and @livingclassroom next to @...
11/02/2019

Thanks to @promoandarts and @bmorebookfest for having us at Kids City this year! Join us and @livingclassroom next to @visitbmore Visitors Center Saturday and Sunday 12-5pm!

#HistoricShipsBmore #BrilliantBaltimore #BOPA #MyBmore #LearningbyDoing @ Baltimore Inner Harbor - Light Street

10/31/2019

Due to the severe weather alert, we will unfortunately be cancelling our lantern tours for tonight. We apologize, but hope to see you tomorrow!

On this day in 1936, USCGC TANEY was commissioned in Philadelphia Navy Yard.  TANEY was one of seven ships in high endur...
10/24/2019

On this day in 1936, USCGC TANEY was commissioned in Philadelphia Navy Yard. TANEY was one of seven ships in high endurance cutter Treasury-class.

Check out this article from U.S. Coast Guard about USCGC TANEY and her sister ships. http://bit.ly/327Cutters

On this day in 1930, Lightship Chesapeake (LV-116) was launched at Charleston Drydock and Machinery Co. in Charleston, S...
10/22/2019

On this day in 1930, Lightship Chesapeake (LV-116) was launched at Charleston Drydock and Machinery Co. in Charleston, S.C.

Lightship Chesapeake is open daily for visits from 10am-5pm!

Find out more info about Chesapeake here: http://historicships.org/chesapeake.html

10/14/2019
Naval History & Heritage Command

Happy 244th Birthday to U.S. Navy!

Happy 244th Birthday U.S. Navy! From the Seafloor to space; from the blue water to the littorals; and in the information domain, America's Navy will continue to promote American prosperity, deter aggression, protect the nation, and when necessary, conduct prompt and sustained combat operations at sea and ashore to defeat any enemy.

Since 1775, today's U.S. Navy Sailors continue a long and proud heritage-a legacy of toughness, initiative, integrity, and accountability.

Heroism in action takes on many forms. From cyber to submarines, the actions of our Sailors, both past and present, prove there is no higher honor than to serve in the U.S. Navy.

Maritime superiority begins with our ethos: We defend our Nation and prevail in the face of adversity with strength, determination, and dignity on, above, and below the sea.

In this video, we take a quick look at the history of the United States Navy. #244NavyBday #InHarmsWay

And we're open!  Come visit #USSConstellaion on this lovely, sunny Fall day.Thanks for your patience as USS Constellatio...
10/04/2019

And we're open! Come visit #USSConstellaion on this lovely, sunny Fall day.

Thanks for your patience as USS Constellation settled into her new berth on the #InnerHarbor West Wall. All sites are open until 5pm today.

#HistoricShipsBmore #MyBmore #Museumships

@visitbmore @visitmaryland @waterfrontpartnership @downtownbaltimore @museumships

Thanks to Vane Brothers for their assistance moving USS Constellation earlier this week.  The ship is settling in nicely...
10/03/2019

Thanks to Vane Brothers for their assistance moving USS Constellation earlier this week. The ship is settling in nicely at her new berth on the West Wall of the Inner Harbor.

Stay tuned for details of the reopening of USS Constellation later this week!

Vane Brothers assisted today with moving the USS Constellation to a temporary berth at the West Wall of Baltimore's Inner Harbor. The Vane tug Cape May, with Captains Jordan McCluskey and Mark McCluskey on board, served as the primary mover, while Vane Port Captain Jim Demske provided direction from Constellation's deck. The ship will remain at the West Wall during construction of a new museum building.

USS Constellation is docking at the temporary berth at the West Wall of the Inner Harbor.  The ship will be here during ...
09/30/2019

USS Constellation is docking at the temporary berth at the West Wall of the Inner Harbor. The ship will be here during the construction of a new museum building.

#USSConstellation #HistoricShipsBmore #MuseumShips #MyBmore #baltimore

09/30/2019

USS Constellation is on the move! The ship will be docked on the West Wall of the Inner Harbor, just a few yards from her current location.

Thanks to Vane Brothers, Living Classrooms Foundation, and staff from Battleship New Jersey for their help.

The gangway is up at #USSConstellation.  Keep an eye out for our Facebook Livestream shortly!#HistoricShipsBmore #Museum...
09/30/2019

The gangway is up at #USSConstellation. Keep an eye out for our Facebook Livestream shortly!

#HistoricShipsBmore #MuseumShips #MyBmore
@visitbmore @visitmaryland

09/30/2019

USS Constellation is closed for the move to a new berth. Check back here for details when it reopens later this week.

USS TORSK, Lightship CHESAPEAKE, and USCGC TANEY are open daily until 5pm.

Chris Rowsom, Executive Director, goes over the logistics of the move.#USSConstellation #HistoricShipsBmore #MuseumShips...
09/30/2019

Chris Rowsom, Executive Director, goes over the logistics of the move.

#USSConstellation #HistoricShipsBmore #MuseumShips #MyBmore

The starboard side mooring lines have to be removed from the "Dolphin" wooden pilings.#USSConstellation  #HistoricShipsB...
09/30/2019

The starboard side mooring lines have to be removed from the "Dolphin" wooden pilings.

#USSConstellation #HistoricShipsBmore

Thanks to crew from Living Classrooms Foundation Battleship New Jersey

09/30/2019

The tugboat from #VaneBrothers is moving into position for the tow.

#USSConstellation #MyBmore #HistoricShipsBmore #MuseumShips

09/30/2019

The gangways have been removed and the ship is being readied. Keep an eye out for our Livestream of the move of USS Constellation this morning!

If you've been through the Inner Harbor recently, you've noticed some movement along Pier 1.  We have been moving out of...
09/28/2019

If you've been through the Inner Harbor recently, you've noticed some movement along Pier 1. We have been moving out of our museum building in preparation for the construction of a new museum structure on Pier 1. This means moving offices, archives, storage, as well as the ship's store and museum displays!

Take a peek at just a little of the hard work has taken place over the last two weeks. Every department has pitched in: Administration, Curation, Restoration, Operation, and Retail.

USS Constellation will be open through the new construction. The ship will move to a temporary berth at the West Wall, just a few yards from her current location.

Make sure to follow along to see the progress of the ship move, building demolition, and construction!

Move and construction of museum gallery at USS Constellation

Move and construction of museum gallery at USS Constellation
09/28/2019

Move and construction of museum gallery at USS Constellation

Move and construction of museum gallery at USS Constellation

Compartments on board were cleaned out to prepare for new uses.  This will be an additional space for the Restoration Cr...
09/28/2019

Compartments on board were cleaned out to prepare for new uses. This will be an additional space for the Restoration Crew.

Keep an eye on #USSConstellation next week!  On Monday, the ship will move from Pier 1 to its temporary home on the West...
09/27/2019

Keep an eye on #USSConstellation next week! On Monday, the ship will move from Pier 1 to its temporary home on the West Wall to prepare for the construction of the new museum building.

The ship will be moved by tug and manpower! Check out our Facebook feed for a live stream of the move on Monday.

#HistoricShipsBmore #MuseumShip #MyBmore #VisitMaryland

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Pier I 301 East Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD
21202

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Open daily. Visit www.historicships.org for operating hours & details.

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00
Sunday 10:00 - 16:00

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(410) 539-1797

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