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.
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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.

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.

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.

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☔️ RAIN OR SHINE ☀️ we are off loading Voyage 4 of USS CONSTELLATION Rum TODAY which has been aging onboard since last y...
11/11/2020

☔️ RAIN OR SHINE ☀️ we are off loading Voyage 4 of USS CONSTELLATION Rum TODAY which has been aging onboard since last year! Thanks to our partnership with @tobaccobarndsp & @totalwine, you can purchase a bottle and support the ship at all Total Wine & More locations in MD. #rum #marylandstrong #ussconstellation #innerharborbaltimore

10/18/2020
Vane Brothers

Thanks to our friends at Vane Brothers for their help! Check out this great video from last week!

Vane Brothers was honored to assist the historic US Coast Guard Cutter 37, which fought at Pearl Harbor in 1941, as she moved from Baltimore's Inner Harbor to the Coast Guard shipyard for scheduled maintenance. #HistoricShipsInBaltimore #LivingClassroomsFoundation

Help us support our friends Lady Maryland and Sigsbee: LCF Shipboard Baltimore as they compete in the The Great Chesapea...
10/16/2020

Help us support our friends Lady Maryland and Sigsbee: LCF Shipboard Baltimore as they compete in the The Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race.

Every year, the Schooner Lady Maryland competes in the Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race. Some years she wins, some years she does not, but every year Lady Maryland carries students on this epic voyage from Baltimore, MD to Norfolk, VA.

This year the Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race is being run as a virtual fundraiser where each vessel competes over a 4-day period to raise the most money for their chosen non-profit. Lady Maryland is raising money for the Living Classrooms Foundation. The donation link goes live at noon on Wednesday the 14th and we can accept donations until Saturday at 3pm. Our fundraising goal is $10,000 and the first $500 raised will be matched by the good folks at the Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race. The schooner that raises the most money will also be crowned the winner of the 2020 Schooner Race! Please consider making a donation of any amount to help us towards our goal!

Donate Here: https://bit.ly/LadyMaryland

Learn more here: https://livingclassrooms.org/

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Follow along today in our stories as we send Coast Guard Cutter WHEC-37 to dry dock! Learn a little about what dry docki...
10/13/2020

Follow along today in our stories as we send Coast Guard Cutter WHEC-37 to dry dock! Learn a little about what dry docking is, why this trip is important for the Coast Guard Cutter’s historic preservation and how exactly dry docking works! #baltimore #historicships #historicshipsbmore

10/07/2020
U.S. Navy

We’re beyond excited to welcome a 4th commissioned USS CONSTELLATION. We were also honored to host Secretary of the Navy Braithwaite aboard sloop Constellation for the announcement. What a wonderful, historic connection.

Secretary of the Navy Kenneth J. Braithwaite announces USS Constellation (FFG 62) as the name for the first ship in the new Guided Missile Frigate class of ships while aboard the museum ship Constellation in Baltimore Inner Harbor, Baltimore, Maryland, October 7, 2020.

FULL STORY: https://go.usa.gov/xGeK6

The final day of the Maryland Fleet Week & Air Show Baltimore is here! 🤩🤩🤩 You don’t want to miss it!@mdfleetweek #mdfle...
09/11/2020

The final day of the Maryland Fleet Week & Air Show Baltimore is here! 🤩🤩🤩 You don’t want to miss it!
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09/09/2020
Maryland Fleet Week and Air Show Baltimore

Check out this virtual tour of the USS Constellation as we celebrate Maryland Fleet Week & Air Show Baltimore virtually!

Did you know that America's only ship aged rum, brilliantly crafted by Tobacco Barn Distillery, is aged deep below deck aboard the USS Constellation? Not only is this unique rum aged on board for a full year, gently rocking every day with the tide, but every bottle purchased helps supports the preservation of the USS Constellation. Buy your bottle of #USSConstellationRum today at Total Wine & More

Learn the ropes and hop on board the USS Constellation with Historic Ships in Baltimore. Learn of her humanitarian history as well as her contributions to WWII! Help us celebrate the Inner Harbor's crown jewel.

#mdfleetweek #virtualmdfleetweek #fleet #historicships

09/09/2020
Maryland Fleet Week and Air Show Baltimore

Join us in 5 minutes over on Maryland Fleet Week and Air Show Baltimore for a Virtual Ship Tour of USS Torsk SS-423.

Join Historic Ships in Baltimore for an inside look on board USS Torsk, a WWII Tench - class Submarine, who sunk the last two enemy combatants of WWII.

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Maryland Virtual Fleet Week is officially here! 🙌🏼 Starting today, enjoy live Q&As, virtual ship tours, Navy Band perfor...
09/08/2020

Maryland Virtual Fleet Week is officially here! 🙌🏼 Starting today, enjoy live Q&As, virtual ship tours, Navy Band performances, and so much MORE!

To experience all the exciting virtual opportunities:
👍🏼Like Maryland Fleet Week and Air Show Baltimore on Facebook
👉🏼Follow @mdfleetweek on Instagram (https://bit.ly/30m2X4l)
👉🏼Subscribe on Youtube (https://bit.ly/3k8LDaQ)and click their bio link to subscribe to the YouTube Channel.

You don’t want to miss a thing- the Fleets, Flight, and Festival await!
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09/03/2020
Maryland Virtual Fleet Week

You’re invited to enjoy Baltimore’s FIRST Virtual Fleet Week & Air Show, September 8-11, 2020! The Virtual Experience will capture a small sampling of the majesty and excitement of the traditional Fleet Week and can be found using @mdfleetweek on social media platforms.

To get all the important Virtual Fleet Week updates:
👍🏼Like Maryland Fleet Week and Air Show Baltimore on Facebook
👉🏼Follow @mdfleetweek on Instagram (https://bit.ly/30m2X4l)
👉🏼Subscribe on Youtube (https://bit.ly/3k8LDaQ)

After following the steps above, you’ll have the chance to take in all the event has to offer from the comfort of your own home starting September 8th. Catch the wind and get on board!

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As a precautionary measure and in an effort to protect the health and safety of our staff and guests, Historic Ships in ...
09/01/2020

As a precautionary measure and in an effort to protect the health and safety of our staff and guests, Historic Ships in Baltimore remains closed until further notice. We are beyond grateful for your continued support!

#historicshipsinbaltimore #historicshipsbmore #allinthistogether #preservingourfleet

Our final letter is Z for Condition Zebra, as seen on a watertight door on #USCGCTaneyZEBRA provides   the   greatest   ...
04/10/2020

Our final letter is Z for Condition Zebra, as seen on a watertight door on #USCGCTaney

ZEBRA provides the greatest degree of subdivision and watertight integrity to the ship. It is the maximum state of readiness for the ship’s survivability system. Condition ZEBRA is set when the following situations occur: when General Quarters are sounded, when entering or leaving port in wartime, to localize damage and control fire and flooding when the crew is not at General Quarters, or at any time the CO deems the maximum condition of survivability should be set. All fittings marked with X or Y, Circle X, Circle Y,Z, Circle Z, and DOG Zs are closed when condition ZEBRA is set.

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A look up into #USSConstellation's rigging provides a spectacular view. One thing you will see is a set of horizontal sp...
04/09/2020

A look up into #USSConstellation's rigging provides a spectacular view. One thing you will see is a set of horizontal spars crossing the masts. These are yards, the spars on which a ship sets its sails. With the use of braces, or heavy lines that are part of the ship's running rigging, yards can be turned, allowing sails to better catch the wind as the ship tacks.

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These Sound Powered Telephone Jacks, labeled XIJ, are today's letter X.Sound Powered Telephones have a flexible membrane...
04/08/2020

These Sound Powered Telephone Jacks, labeled XIJ, are today's letter X.

Sound Powered Telephones have a flexible membrane inside the receiver. When someone speaks the membrane vibrates and sends the signal to the other receiver. As long as you can speak, the phone will work. Sound powered phones or headsets can be plugged into jacks throughout the ship, like this spot on the bridge of #USCGCTaney
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On #LightshipChesapeake, you can see the Windlass, located forward of the Crew's Berthing.A windlass is a machine that m...
04/07/2020

On #LightshipChesapeake, you can see the Windlass, located forward of the Crew's Berthing.

A windlass is a machine that manipulates the anchor chain on a ship allowing the anchor to be raised and lowered. A notched wheel engages the links of the chain. A brake is provided for control and the windlass is usually powered by an electric or hydraulic motor

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V is for Voice Tube.  These tubes, also known as Speaking Tubes, are simple tubes that connect spaces to speak over long...
04/06/2020

V is for Voice Tube. These tubes, also known as Speaking Tubes, are simple tubes that connect spaces to speak over long distances. You can see them on board #USCGCTaney and #LightshipChesapeake.

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Forward on the second deck of #USCGCTaney, you will see the Upper Handling Room.The Upper Handling Room is where the exp...
04/05/2020

Forward on the second deck of #USCGCTaney, you will see the Upper Handling Room.

The Upper Handling Room is where the explosive shells and cartridges are received from the Powder Magazine. They are then passed to the 5"/38 Gun Mount on the main deck.

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On the fantail of #USCGCTaney, you will see the Tow Bitt.  Tow Bitts are vertical posts on a vessel to which towing or m...
04/04/2020

On the fantail of #USCGCTaney, you will see the Tow Bitt. Tow Bitts are vertical posts on a vessel to which towing or mooring lines are secured.

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Today's letter is S for scupper.  Scuppers are drains on the weather decks to drain water overboard from rain or waves. ...
04/03/2020

Today's letter is S for scupper. Scuppers are drains on the weather decks to drain water overboard from rain or waves. On #USSConstellation, scuppers are visible on the top Spar Deck and the second Gun Deck.

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On #USSConstellation, many visitors stop to look at what appears to be a rope ladder leading up the masts to the fightin...
04/02/2020

On #USSConstellation, many visitors stop to look at what appears to be a rope ladder leading up the masts to the fighting top. These parts of the rigging serve two purposes, structural and practical.

The vertical lines are shrouds, serving to help support the potentially top-heavy masts. The horizonal lines, however, are the ones featured as our letter of the day - ratlines, pronounced "rat-lins." These turn the rigging into a ladder, allowing sailors to climb easily up to the yards to handle the sails.

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04/01/2020
USS Torsk (SS-423) Conning Tower Tour

Last month, prior to the shelter in place order, we were able to get a good look around the Conning Tower on USS Torsk. Take a peek at one of the closed spaces on board with our curator, Paul Cora. Learn about the two periscopes, the Torpedo Data Computer, and more!

Tour the Conning Tower of the Tench-Class submarine, USS Torsk (SS-423) with Curator, Paul Cora. USS Torsk was in service from 1944-1968 and sank the last en...

On board a ship, even simple-looking objects can serve important purposes! Today's object is a tool used with the guns o...
04/01/2020

On board a ship, even simple-looking objects can serve important purposes! Today's object is a tool used with the guns on #USSConstellation. When visiting the gun deck, you may notice wedge-shaped pieces of wood seeming to support the barrels of the ship's chambered shell guns. The wedges are quoins (pronounced like "coins"), and they are the tool used to change the elevation of a gun when positioning it for firing. Using handspikes for leverage, the gun crew would lift the breech (back of the gun) up, allowing the quoin to be moved in or out. In this way, a gun could be aimed at higher or lower targets.

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03/31/2020
National Museum of Civil War Medicine

Take at look at this new video from National Museum of Civil War Medicine. Brad Stone is also a volunteer docent on USS Constellation. You may have seen him on board in the sick bay!

Docent Brad Stone discusses the work of naval surgeons during the Civil War and highlights the medical situation aboard warships in the 19th century.

03/31/2020
U.S. Navy

In case you missed it: USNS COMFORT arrived in New York City yesterday. Until 2013, Baltimore was the home-port of USNS COMFORT.

COMFORT and MERCY (now in Los Angeles) will provide support to non COVID-19 patients to relieve strain on land-side hospitals.

Read here for more details about these hospitals at sea: https://navylive.dodlive.mil/2020/03/26/usns-mercy-usns-comfort-2020-covid-19-deployment/

In case you missed it: USNS Comfort and crew are docked in New York and ready to support!

Those aren't windows on a ship! A round opening designed to let in light or air is called a porthole. Portholes can be o...
03/31/2020

Those aren't windows on a ship! A round opening designed to let in light or air is called a porthole. Portholes can be opened in fair weather to allow fresh air to enter the ship, or in emergency situations to bring hoses or pumps into compartments. When closed, portholes have a water-tight seal to keep waves and weather out.
This porthole, on the bridge of #LightshipChesapeake, affords a great view of the harbor!

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You will find today's object - an engine oil purifier - in the engine room of #USSTorsk. Why did oil need to be purified...
03/30/2020

You will find today's object - an engine oil purifier - in the engine room of #USSTorsk.

Why did oil need to be purified?

When a submarine like Torsk is submerged, it must maintain neutral buoyancy (neither floating nor sinking) in order to control its dive. Torsk did this by taking in or releasing seawater from its ballast tanks.

The ballast tanks also contained the fuel oil that helped power Torsk's engines. Since oil and water do not mix, siphoning off the oil was not a problem - but the oil could still experience contamination from materials (and critters!) in the sea water. In order to remove contamination, oil was put through the oil purifier before entering the engines. The purifier operates as a centrifuge, spinning out anything that has worked its way into the oil.

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When you visit our fleet, you will see a blue flag with white stars at the bow of each of our vessels.*This flag is the ...
03/29/2020

When you visit our fleet, you will see a blue flag with white stars at the bow of each of our vessels.*

This flag is the U.S. Naval Jack, which is flown by US Navy, Coast Guard, and other vessels while in port. The jack has one star for every state in the Union.

*Due to the hazardous nature of climbing out on the bowsprit, and maintenance work being conducted at the head of the ship, we do not always fly the jack on #USSConstellation. However, you can see Constellation's jack in this photo; note that it has 34 stars, rather than the modern 50, to match the 1861-1863 pattern US flag that flies at the ship's stern.

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The letter "A" may have been for anchor, but so is M! Today's object is the mushroom anchor used on #LightshipChesapeake...
03/28/2020

The letter "A" may have been for anchor, but so is M! Today's object is the mushroom anchor used on #LightshipChesapeake. This special type of anchor was suited to a lightship's mission; its unique shape helped the anchor to be buried deep in the sea- or river-bed, keeping the ship secure at its station for extended periods of time.

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03/27/2020

Today marks the anniversary of the signing of the "Act to provide a Naval Armament," and the creation of U.S. Navy.

"The act called for six frigates, four 44-gun and two 36-gun, to be built or purchased. It was decided to build the warships and in the end, three frigates of each rating were built. Timothy Pickering sent a list of proposed names to President Washington in the spring of 1795...
United States.
Constitution.
President.
Congress.
Constellation.
Defender.
Fortitude.
Perseverance.
Protector.
Liberty.

Washington chose the first five names on the list; the sixth frigate, not named by the president, became the 36-gun frigate Chesapeake."

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During the Civil War, #USSConstellation's 320-man complement included 255 sailors (the crew also included marines, offic...
03/27/2020

During the Civil War, #USSConstellation's 320-man complement included 255 sailors (the crew also included marines, officers and petty officers, and the captain).

When signing on to a ship, sailors were "rated" based on their level of experience. While new recruits under the age of 18 would be rated as ship's boys, inexperienced men over that age would be rated as "landsmen." These new recruits would have a lot to learn, but after about three years experience they could expect to have gained the skills necessary to earn the rating of "ordinary seaman." The highest rating for a sailor, "able seaman," was given to highly-skilled men, generally with at least six to ten years of experience at sea.

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Have you ever seen a ship's binnacle, and wondered what those spheres on either side are for? It's all about magnetism! ...
03/26/2020

Have you ever seen a ship's binnacle, and wondered what those spheres on either side are for?

It's all about magnetism! Unlike the gyrocompass we featured last week, the compass in a binnacle is a magnetic compass, and is designed to point to the magnetic north pole. However, since the needle in a magnetic compass will also be drawn to nearby iron objects, metal ships like #USCGCTaney will naturally notice interference on their compasses.

The iron balls on either side of the binnacle help solve this problem. They are properly called correction spheres, but are often known as "Kelvin's balls," referring to William Thomson, Lord Kelvin who patented them in the 1880s. The position of these spheres on either side of the binnacle help balance out interference from the ship's hull, and allow the compass to point correctly to magnetic north.

You may see correction spheres today painted red and green, to signify the port and starboard sides of a vessel. But traditionally, as on board Taney, they would be painted black.

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