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Schooner Lady Maryland
Berth: Inner Harbor, Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park (map)
Free Public Ship Tours
Thursday, September 11, 2014 – 9:00-11:45 am
Friday, September 12, 2014 – 9:00-11:45 am
Saturday, September 13, 2014 – 9:00-11:45 am
Estimated Departure: Tuesday, September 16, 2014 – 11:35 am
About the Ship
Lady Maryland is a Chesapeake Bay pungy schooner. Pungy schooners, designed to carry perishable cargo, such as produce from the Eastern Shore west across the Bay or pineapples from Bermuda to Baltimore, evolved from the fast, maneuverable Chesapeake pilot schooners of the 1700s. The first pungies were built in the mid-1800s and plied the Bay until the early 1900s. By the 1950s, there were no pungies on the Bay or in the world. When Lady Maryland was built in 1986, she became the first and only pungy schooner in existence since the 1950s, and she remains the only pungy in the world today. She is painted in the traditional pungy paint scheme of pink and green. The origins of this paint scheme are unknown, but one theory is that since the pungies transported produce, they were painted the colors of a watermelon as an advertising scheme.
Lady Maryland, the flagship of the Living Classrooms Foundation, was built to be a classroom on the water. She sails on the Chesapeake Bay and coastal waters from Maryland to Maine every year with thousands of students on educational voyages. She sails with a mission: to provide hands-on, multi-disciplinary educational experiences for students in the fields of marine and nautical science, history, economics, geography and ecology.
Home port: Baltimore, Maryland
Sparred length: 104’
Draft: 7’ 6″
Rig height: 92’
Freeboard: 3’ 6″
Number of sails: 4
Sail area: 3,400 square feet
Auxiliary power: 2 x Cummins 80 hp engines
Speed under power: 7 knots
Speed under sail: 12 knots
Working crew: 6
Tour dates and times are subject to change. We will try to update the ship’s schedule as necessary.