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This plank-built model of the Pride of Baltimore is an accurate representation of the 19th century clipper. This is one of seven models that we recently received from a lifetime collection of historic models constructed by Fred Betz of New Bern, North Carolina. Length 32" / Height 22-1/2" / Scale 3/16" = 1 ft (1:64).
Because of the fragility of the model, we will use Navis Pack & Ship in Chesapeake, Virginia (757)410-4643. Navis has expertise in packing and knowledge and partnerships in the transportation industry, making them a great partner with Skipjack Nautical Wares for getting anything fragile, large, awkward, or valuable to and from consumers and businesses worldwide. Contact us with a shipping address for a quote if you are interested in this item.
Virginia-built schooners first appeared during the American Revolution. Known as Baltimore Clippers, they helped establish the Port of Baltimore as a major shipbuilding center. Many were used as privateers during the War of 1812. Sleek, light, and exceptionally fast, they could overtake and seize the enemy with ease, destroying British shipping and earning huge profits for their owners.
In 1974, Baltimore city officials decided to build a replica of a 19th century clipper to serve as good-will ambassador for the city. The ship, named Pride of Baltimore, was launched at Baltimore's Inner Harbor on February 27, 1977. She was lost in micro-squall (an intense blast of wind building to hurricane velocity within seconds) on May 14, 1986. The city then commissioned a larger sister-ship, and the Pride of Baltimore II was launched on April 30, 1989.
Dealers of nautical antiques and collectibles, marine art, lamps, lighting, ship salvage and hardware, Skipjack sells quality nautical furniture and furnishings, marine instruments, model boats, nautical gifts and decor. Skipjack’s Marine Art Gallery features marine paintings, sculptures, ship models and folk art featuring mermaids, whales, fish and fowl.
Please visit our online store again soon or if in the Hampton Roads (Tidewater) coastal region of Virginia, visit our marine gallery in historic Olde Towne Portsmouth. We're just a short distance from Virginia Beach, Colonial Williamsburg and the Outer Banks of North Carolina, and just across the river from downtown Norfolk. By boat, we're located at mile marker "0" of the Atlantic Intra-coastal Waterway!