As we remember the War of 1812, I took yesterday to “relive”, if you can do that, a piece of that war.
I went to Boston for OpSail 2012 Boston. Little did I know that I would have a history lesson in that War. The history lesson was on board the Pride of Baltimore II.
The Captain of the trip told the passengers of the role of this type of “ship” in the War of 1812. Although the Bride of Baltimore II was not part of that war, but vessels in the style of this ship WAS part of that war.
Was we sailed into Boston Harbor, we joined other sailing vessels in the Parade of Tall Ships.
Several of the Tall Ships are current training vessels for current navies around the world. One of while is ‘America’s Tall Ship”, the US Coast Guard Cutter Eagle.
Traditional firing of the Canon was shared between vessels.
But another “tradition” among “Ships of War” was that of the Fire Boat. The tradition of ships returning from War were greeted by Fire Boats. The USCGC Halfmoon (WHEC-378) had a welcome home on January 22, 1968.
The Pride of Baltimore II, although not involved with any war, was greeted as a replica of a vessel that took part in the War of 1812.