Star-Spangled Spectacular Ships
Want to know more about the Star-Spangled Spectacular ships? Just click on a visiting ship’s name above to go to the profile for that ship. Each ship’s profile includes photos, her schedule and berth location, and information about the ship. General visiting hours are September 11-15 from noon to 5:00 p.m. However, visiting hours for some ships may vary, so please be sure to check a ship’s profile before planning a visit.
Want to see the ships arriving or departing? Most of the ships are expected to arrive on Wednesday, September 10 between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm. Gray hulls will be departing 9:00-10:30 am, tall ships & other vessels from 10:30 am-noon on Tuesday, September 16. They will be arriving from and departing to points north and south, so the best viewing spots will be on the Patapsco River, not out on the Bay.
Pick a spot on the waterfront in Fells Point, like Bond Street Pier, Broadway Pier or Henderson’s Wharf. Further downriver, Canton Waterfront Park and Fort McHenry are good viewing spots. Fort Armistead Park is just south of the Key Bridge and the ships will pass about .8 miles off Fort Howard Park. Fort Smallwood Park is closed on Wednesday, but might be a good spot to watch the ships departing as they pass about 1.3 miles away. If you decide to go to Fort Howard or Fort Smallwood, take binoculars and a telephoto lens for your camera.
Whether or not the sailing vessels will be under sail will depend upon their course, wind direction and strength, weather conditions and, of course, captains’ orders. It is not possible to determine whether any vessel will or will not be under sail at any particular time or location.
Security screening is required for visitors to ships berthed at North Locust Point. Visitors must go through a security screening at the Inner Harbor Spectacular Shuttle Stop at the corner of Light Street and West Conway Street across from the Baltimore Visitor Center, then board a shuttle bus that will take them to and from North Locust Point. A bag policy is in effect for all naval vessels, domestic or foreign, at North Locust Point, on Under Amour Pier, in the Inner Harbor or on Broadway Pier, as well as for NOAA Okeanos Explorer. Please review the bag policy before leaving home to ensure that you are able to visit all of the ships.
Prepare to visit the ships before you leave home. For example, some ships may require that visitors wear flat, closed-toe shoes to board. Read our tips to make sure that you aren’t wearing or carrying anything that might prevent you from visiting a ship.
Temporary regulations for recreational vessels during Star-Spangled Spectacular have been established. Recreational boaters should familiarize themselves with the regulations before going out on the water September 11-15, 2014.
Photos (left to right):
Flag flying on USCGC Eagle during Star-Spangled Sailabration 2012.
(top) Blue Angels through tall ship spars at Star-Spangled Sailabration 2012. Photo by Jack Hardway.
(bottom) Broadway Pier in Fells Point during Star-Spangled Sailabration 2012. Photo by Jack Hardway.
Royal Canadian Navy vessel at Star-Spangled Sailabration 2012 in Baltimore.