The Pride of Baltimore was built as an authentic replica of an early nineteenth-century clipper ship that would have sailed out of Baltimore harbor in the early 1800s. She was indirectly named for the topsail schooner Chasseur captained the privateer, Thomas Boyle. The Chasseur was known as the “Pride of Baltimore” and participated in the War of 1812.
The Chasseur sailed out of Baltimore’s waterfront historic neighborhood of Fells Point, where she had been launched from Thomas Kemp’s shipyard in 1812. On the first voyage, Boyle sailed the Chasseur to the British Isles, where the ship captured a merchant vessel and sent a notice to King George III declaring that the entire British Isles were under naval blockade by Chasseur alone. Obviously, the Chasseur could not blockade the entire British naval fleet but the declaration caused the British to move ships from the Napoleonic Wars in Europe to the British Isles.
The Chasseur went on to capture or sink 17 additional vessels before the end of the War of 1812. The most famous capture was the HMS St. Lawrence. Upon the Chasseur’s return to Baltimore, the Niles Weekly Register dubbed the vessel the “pride of Baltimore”.
In 1975, after many years of decline in the city of Baltimore, the city decided to spruce up the harbor area. As part of that project, they decided to build a replica of the ships that sail out of the harbor in its heyday. They decided to create a ship like the Chasseur and named it “The Pride of Baltimore”. The Pride of Baltimore launched in 1977 with a large ceremony put on by the city. The ship sailed the world until 1986 where is sunk in a swale in the Caribbean. The captain and three crewmen were lost. Eight of the crew survived after floating for four days.
Micro-Mark also sells all the needed tools and supplies to build the ship.