Sunday, November 16, 2014

Aloha to Baltimore's Inner Harbor

After visiting Fort McHenry, we made a short drive to Baltimore's heart - the Inner Harbor.  

Baltimore hosts tall ships each year (link) ... and the Statsraad Lehmkuhl was docked in the Inner Harbor!   

Statsraad Lehmkuhl, a 3-masted barque, was launched in 1914. She is used by the Norwegian Navy as a training vessel, but many cruises and tours are open to the public. However, she is not a passenger vessel. Those civilians who come aboard are sailor trainees, participating in all of the activities of the ship and quartering below decks in hammocks, just like sailors of old.

The Inner Harbor is home to four historic ships.  From its website (link),

Historic Ships in Baltimore represent one of the most impressive collections of military vessels in the world. Located within easy walking distance of each other, the US Sloop-of-War Constellation, the US Submarine Torsk, the US Coast Guard Cutter Taney, and the Lightship Chesapeake exhibit life at sea from the mid-19th century to the mid-1980's. Also included in the collection is the Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse which marked the entrance to the Patapsco River and Baltimore Harbor for over 130 years.

The USS Constellation is currently closed for repairs ... I'm not sure which ship (above) is occupying her dock.

When Lightship 116 "Chesapeake" was completed in 1930, she was among the most modern and capable ships in use with the US Lighthouse Service. Part of the vessel class of Lightship No.100, Lightship 116 was constructed from a standard design and boasted the best in stability, signaling capacity, living accommodations, and engineering efficiency then available.

Commissioned on 16 December 1944, USS TORSK was built at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and was one of only ten Tench Class fleet type submarines to see service in World War II. Deployed to the Pacific, TORSK operated from Pearl Harbor and made two war patrols off Japan during the spring and summer of 1945. 

My son's Scout Troop is scheduled to stay overnight aboard the USS Torsk!  Have you toured a submarine?  One randomly selected commenter from this week's blogs wins a book choice from my convention stash.  Comments are open through Saturday, November  22, 10 pm in Baltimore.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, November 23.


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City 


  1. Never had a chance to tour a submarine.

  2. We had one at Pittsburgh and I tried going twice but the timing was just not working for us.

  3. I have toured a few. There is one in Groton and one in Sandiego that I toured.

  4. I haven't but I think that it would be fun :) Thanks for sharing!

  5. No, I haven't toured a submarine. What a fun opportunity for your son!

  6. when I was a kid I remember climbing thru a sub somewhere in Connecticut. More recently I went thru one in Charleston SC that was next to the air craft carrier museum.