Remembering the Pride of Baltimore

Remembering the Pride of Baltimore

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30 years ago Saturday a schooner known as the Pride of Baltimore sank in a storm 240 miles north of Puerto Rico. Four crew members died, including the ship’s captain. The remaining eight survived after floating on a leaky raft for five days until they were rescued by a Norwegian tanker. The ship had been built for the nation’s bicentennial and was constructed from wood, by hand, right on the Inner Harbor. For a city in a time of economic depression, the ship evoked the days of Baltimore’s primacy of the seas. Though questions would be raised later about whether a boar built to historical accuracy should have sailed across the ocean, the Pride of Baltimore traveled around the world as the city’s goodwill ambassador until a sudden, terrible storm brought it down. The news of its sinking shocked and saddened Baltimoreans, including then-Mayor William Schaefer, who was pictured with his hand over his eyes, “a study in grief” as The Sun caption read.

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Inside North Korea

Inside North Korea

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Over 100 foreign journalists gathered in Pyongyang, North Korea to cover the seventh congress of North Korea’s ruling Workers’ Party – the first since 1980.The North Korean government assigns minders to reporters and keep a close watch on their every move. But still, photos from this historic occasion provide a rare peek into the texture of daily life in the Communist country.

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Sailors compete in America’s Cup World Series New York

Sailors compete in America’s Cup World Series New York

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Sailors raced in New York Harbor for the America’s Cup World Series on Saturday and Sunday in New York, New York. The six international teams competed for points that count toward the final competition, to be held next year in Bermuda. Sailing on catamarans just off-shore of lower Manhattan, America’s Cup was called the biggest sailing event on the Hudson River in nearly a century.
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