Posted by Debra Worley - email
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Wilmington residents and visitors will have a special guest this Memorial Day weekend.
Early Thursday afternoon, the tall ship "Pride of Baltimore II" arrived in downtown Wilmington, a day early.
The Pride will celebrate its grand arrival Friday afternoon around 1:00, where they will shoot off cannons. The vessel will be open for tours throughout the weekend, and is expected to leave the area Sunday afternoon.
Pride of Baltimore II was built in 1988 after the original Pride of the Baltimore tragically sunk by a white squall off Puerto Rico in 1986.
According the Pride's website, both ships were built in the Inner Harbor as reproductions of 1812-era topsail schooners - the type of vessels that helped America win the War of 1812 and finally secure its freedom.
Pride tour schedule:
- Friday, May 22 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
- Saturday, May 23 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM and 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
- Sunday, May 24 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM
You can take a ride on the boat Friday only at 2:00 in the afternoon. Space is limited and tickets must be bought in advance. The $35 ticket can be purchased at the ship while it is docked in downtown Wilmington.