Baltimore Tall Ships
Tall ships started arriving in Baltimore on Wednesday with thousands of spectators on hand to catch a impse. The more than 40 ships and navy vessels from 13 nations are the centerpiece of the Star-Spangled ilabration commemorating the bicentennial of the War of 1812.A crowd that gathered along the water at rt McHenry joyed a view of incoming ships as they exchanged 21 gun salutes with the historic onument.Meg Muth, 60, d Myra Jakubiec, 73, both of Bel Air, were on hand at Fort McHenry because they nsider themselves students of history.” It was a good opportunity, Muth said, to be patriotic. She and kubiec owed it, each holding a ature American flag and sporting stars and strips sunglasses. Muth said the history lved with the War of 1812 in Baltimore, including the writing of the “Star-Spangled nner,” is inspiring and she dn’t think of a better place to partake in the celebration than at Fort nry.The ships will be in Baltimore ntil uesday and all but three will be available for tours from Thursday until Monday. Hundreds of housands of tourists re expected to take in the Sailabration during the course of the week.The first two vessels that came through ust after 8 a.m. ere ian. The first tall ships, led by the Pride of Baltimore II, started to make their way to the harbor justfter noon.