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Onboard the Great Ships: Behind the Scenes at the Port of Baltimore
All-Day Tour

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 8:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Code: 1ND014

This program has been rescheduled.

Beginning with Capt. John Smith’s expedition in 1608—the first by a European–to the upper Chesapeake Bay, through the British attack on Fort McHenry in 1814, to the 21st-century cruise liners and cargo vessels that dock there, the Port of Baltimore is one of the country’s leading maritime centers. In a daylong celebration of this great port, transportation expert Scott Hercik takes you behind the scenes—and aboard—several historic vessels.

The day begins at Baltimore Harbor with a private tour of the historic Liberty ship SS John W. Brown. The ship is one of only two remaining vessels of the historic fleet that moved troops and supplies throughout the European and Pacific theaters during World War II. Then move into the atomic age aboard the world’s first nuclear-powered merchant ship, NS Savannah, launched in 1959 as part of President Eisenhower’s Atoms for Peace initiative. After the tour, enjoy a private luncheon in the passenger dining room.

As special guests of the Maryland Port Administration, conclude the day at the World Trade Center with a private boat tour of the historic harbor (weather permitting) and a presentation that examines the Port of Baltimore’s role in shaping the history and defining the future of the city and the nation. 

8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. by bus from the Mayflower Hotel, Connecticut Ave. and DeSales St., N.W., with a stop at Holiday Inn Laurel West, 15101 Sweitzer Lane, Laurel, Md., at approximately 8:40 a.m.

Photo ID is required.

Tours on historic ships include small steep stairs; comfortable clothing and sturdy shoes are required.


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Departs Mayflower Hotel, DeSales St. side
1127 Connecticut Ave. NW; Fringe: Holiday Inn
Laurel West, 15101 Sweitzer Ln., Laurel, MD