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The Inner Harbor is a colorful place, great for people-and-dog watching.  These two pooches with hats, scarves, and sunglasses riding in a wagon attracted a lot of attention.

The harbor at night was beautiful with lights reflected in the water.

Fourth of July fireworks in Baltimore Harbor

TALL SHIPS IN BALTIMORE HARBOR

To celebrate the 150th birthday of the USS Constellation, tall ships from around the world converged on Baltimore for the Fourth of July.  The event called Sailabration hosted  tall ships from Mexico (Cuauhtemoc), Portugal (Sagres), Brazil (Cisne Branco), Uruguay (Capitan Miranda), Romania (Mircea), and Nova Scotia (Bluenose II).  All but Bluenose II are training ships for the respective country's Navy.  Bluenose II is operated by Bluenose II Preservation Trust and travels to Canadian and US ports to promote tourism and trade.  The Pride of Baltimore II, Maryland's goodwill ambassador and tall ship returned to the harbor to join the celebration.

USS Constellation, the last all-sail warship built by the US Navy, was launched in 1854.  (Her sister ship the USS Constitution is berthed in Boston Harbor.)  USS Constellation's first tour was to serve in the US Mediterranean Squadron.  She also served in the Civil War, fought the slave trade in Africa, and later was used as a training ship for the US Naval Academy in Annapolis.   From January to July 1942, she served as Flagship of the US Atlantic Fleet to free all other ships to fight in World War II.  In 1994, the ship was condemned by the Navy as unsafe and went into dry-dock for restoration.  In July 1999, she was restored to her 1854 appearance and berthed in Baltimore's harbor, open to the public for tours. 

Stern of the USS Constellation

Bow of the USS Constellation

Port side of the USS Constellation

Painting of the USS Constellation under full sail

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