Today we have a guest post from Jennifer Bergantz, a very good friend of mine who lives in Baltimore. She wanted to share the Star Spangled Spectacular with you and I bumped her straight to the front of the queue when I saw the photos! ~Beth One of the highlights on living in a city with a harbor is watching the ships that visit. So, when the city of Baltimore planned a huge celebration to mark the 200th anniversary of the Star Spangled Banner, I was all about seeing the ships that were visiting for this event! Since I had a baby with me (and hence, a diaper bag), I could not go on any of the ships due to the security measures of the event, but I had a great experience walking the Inner Harbor and piers and photographing the magnificent ships. Sadly, I was unable to visit the military ships from other countries (Germany, Poland, Turkey, and the UK) because they were in a secure shuttle location that was diaper-bag free.
For the Star Spangled Spectacular, among a huge amount of other things (concerts, Presidential visits, air shows, and more), Baltimore’s plan was to get tall ships from all over the world into the Harbor. Plenty of other types of ships docked in Baltimore to join the fun, too.
One of my highlights was seeing the Okeanos Explorer, a weather ship. Check out that dome!
Another view of the El Galeon Andalucia behind the Harbor’s dragon paddle boats.
We visited on September 11th, so I stopped to take this photo of the American Flag flying in front of Baltimore’s World Trade Center. It is also a great photo of the USS Constellation, a Baltimore harbor permanent resident. She fires her cannons at noon every day which scares unsuspecting tourists and walkers.
This by far was the most impressive ship in the Harbor, the US Navy’s USNS Choctaw Country. Docked in the Inner Harbor, it looked huge compared to everything else. This ship is a high speed transport vehicle that can carry 600 tons of troops or equipment where they are needed.