#GivingTuesday

Posted by admin on November 26, 2018 in Uncategorized
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On this day, people around the world celebrate a day of giving, celebration and remembrance of those people and events special to you.

Your donation to B&CSC helps save our history, educate people about the rich heritage and importance of the Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore, and preserve a special part of Baltimore’s community, the 1940 CHAS. D. GAITHER police patrol and fireboat, the first all-steel vessel in the Baltimore Police municipal fleet.

Contributors to B&CSC will receive a handmade Woven Heart; if in honor or memory of or a gift membership, please indicate that in the submission.

Give a Gift of Membership,
Honor or Remember Someone Special or Make a Donation

MEMBERSHIPS
Individual $20 * Family $35 * Student $10 * Senior (62 yrs+) $15

SPONSORSHIPS                      Corporate $250 * Sponsor $2,500 * Benefactor $5,000

To Learn More or make a Donation, please Visit https://www.BayHeritage.org/support-bcsc/

All donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.
You will receive an acknowledgement.

B&CSC recently submitted a BNHA Matching Small CAP Grant to better plan preservation of the GAITHER. An ultrasound and marine survey will provide information in this effort and further identify deck leaks that are compromising her hull’s interior and fixing them. GAITHER is a generous gift of the Vernon “Pete” & Geraldine Johnson Family.

Much Gratitude to Marine Max, the Baltimore Police Department and its Marine Unit and Marine Applied Physics Corporation and our amazing volunteers.

None of this would have been possible without all of you!

B&CSC is an all-volunteer nonprofit that preserves, interprets and supports industrial maritime heritage efforts in the Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore and the Chesapeake Bay Region. 

For more information on this and other B&CSC programs, please visit and Like Us on FaceBook or join our group, Baltimore & Chesapeake Maritime Group.

41st Annual Steam Show, Saturday May 5th 2018, at Fire Museum of Maryland in Lutherville

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Please bear with us, we recently lost the images link to our website.

B&CSC Board of Directors exhibited once again at the 41st annual Steam Show hosted by the Fire Museum of Maryland in Lutherville. L-R Walt Mathers, Holton Brown, Scott Rhul. and Pat Ichniowski.

Steam isn’t just for trains or fire engines – it’s an important maritime energy source. Once water is boiled (using wood, coal or nuclear power), the steam generated pushes on the engine pistons that turn the propeller shaft which propels the boat.

Take one steam engine,

Add one steamin’ B&CSC Pat

and There She Blows!         (albeit across the way…)

 

National Maritime Day Port EXPO on Sunday, May 20, 2018, 10 am – 3 pm (Rain or Shine)

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Pier 13 Canton, 4601 Newgate Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland, 21224-6408

 

FREE SHUTTLE to & from Parking Areas!

Come join us and learn about what the Port of Baltimore does and what it takes to transport people and goods!

~Bring the family to this free event~

  • Featuring 19 Visiting Pier-Side Vessels
  • Over 50 Exhibitors representing port industries & shipping firms
  • Radio-Controlled Models on the Portable Pond   Kids of all ages should stand ready to have a turn at the helm of two radio-controlled boats plying the waters of the portable pond atop Pier 13. Do your best as the big ships will be watching!

Baltimore & Chesapeake Steamboat Company (B&CSC) is a Co-Sponsor of National Maritime Day in Baltimore.

Did you know that the Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore is within an overnight drive of 1/3 of the nation’s population?

P R O G R A M:

  • Armed Forces Day Observance for all Branches.
  • National Maritime Day Commemoration Ceremonies & Wreath-casting aboard the Nuclear Ship Savannah.
  • Tour visiting municipal and private vessels as well as the Nuclear Ship Savannah, which will have special guided engine room tours.  Vessels are not handicap accessible; closed-toe shoes are required for boarding all vessels.
  • Radio-Controlled Model Ships boat pond.
  • Listen in with our N.S. Savannah Amateur HAM Radio Club.
  • Visit heritage organizations that preserve the maritime history of the port, exhibits by maritime industry and enjoy activities.
  • Maritime surprises for the young and young-at-heart.
  • Free Event; Free Parking; Rain or Shine.
  • Local Food Truck vendors will be available.

Local Directions
Take O’Donnell or Boston Street and turn Right at Newkirk Street. Follow Newkirk Street, South to the end and Turn Right onto Newgate Avenue.  Follow yellow & blue Event Signs.

Handicap Parking: follow yellow & blue Event Signs to N.S. SAVANNAH on Pier 13, Canton Marine Terminal (Savannah is moored just behind the grain elevator).

Directions
I-95 South towards FT McHenry Tunnel or
I-95 North transiting the FT McHenry Tunnel (Toll $4)-get in RIGHT LANE as exit is immediate!!

EXIT #56 – Keith Ave.

Turn LEFT at traffic light to proceed to New Vail Street.

At next traffic light, turn Right onto New Vail Street, proceed down the ramp that viers right and follow yellow & blue Event Signs.

Handicap Parking: follow yellow & blue Event Signs to N.S. SAVANNAH on Pier 13, Canton Marine Terminal (Savannah is moored just behind the grain elevator).

If you would like more information about this event, please contact: steamboatcompany at yahoo.com

 Baltimore & Chesapeake Steamboat Company (B&CSC) is a Co-Sponsor of this event

 with special thanks to the crew of the N.S. Savannah

 

B&CSC Exhibits at Rockville Science Day 2018

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Noon to 5:00pm – Rockville Campus/Montgomery College

51 Mannakee St, Rockville, MD 20850


Current Exhibitor List for 2018

Walt Mathers, B&CSC Board member, with model of the 1906 Steamtug BALTIMORE (gift courtesy of Steve Heaver) at at 2017 Rockville Science Day, top row, last image:

Rockville Science Day
Come and join us at Montgomery College for the 29th annual Rockville Science Day, featuring a variety of science and technology-related exhibits, activities, games and demos. Activities and exhibits include rocket-building (and launching), telescope viewing, a traveling planetarium, all kinds of robots, backyard wildlife, ship models, microscopes, live animals, oyster farming, botball & FIRST Lego League Robotics, stream science, a pigeon release, Civil War medical practice, coding challenges, math puzzles, chemistry in action (flames, explosions & other reactions), electric vehicle demos, quadcopters, archeaology mini-digs, 3D printing, brain games – and more!

National Maritime Day Port Expo on Sunday, May 21, 2017

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 Baltimore & Chesapeake Steamboat Company (B&CSC)

is a Co-Sponsor of this event.

 with special thanks to the crew of the N.S. Savannah

NATIONAL MARITIME DAY PORT EXPO

honoring the late

Helen Delich Bentley,

Champion of Baltimore’s

Maritime Industry Past, Present & Future

Come join us and learn about what the Port of Baltimore does and what it takes to transport people and goods!

 ~Bring the family to this free event~

 Sunday, 21 May 2017

 10 AM – 3 PM (Rain or Shine)

Pier 13 Canton, 4601 Newgate Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland, 21224-6408

Did you know that the Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore is within an overnight drive of 1/3 of the nation’s population?

P R O G R A M:

  • 10 am, pier-side Armed
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    National Maritime Day Ceremonies, the Honorable Helen Delich Bentley at podium aboard NS Savannah. Photo by Walt Mathers.

    Forces Day Observance for all Branches.

  • 11:30 am, National Maritime Day Commemoration Ceremonies & Wreath-casting aboard the Nuclear Ship Savannah.
  • Tour visiting municipal and private vessels as well as the Nuclear Ship Savannah, which will have special guided engine room tours.  Vessels are not handicap accessible; closed-toe shoes are required for boarding all vessels.
  • Free Shuttle land-based Port Tours.
  • All-day Fife, Drum & Bugle Jam Session sponsored by B&CSC.

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  • Display of LEGO Model Ships.
  • Radio-Controlled Model Ships boat pond.
  • Listen in with our N.S. Savannah Amateur HAM Radio Club.
  • Visit heritage organizations that preserve the maritime history of the port, exhibits by maritime industry and enjoy activities.
  • Maritime surprises for the young and young-at-heart.
  • Free Event; Free Parking; Rain or Shine.
  • Local Food Truck vendors will be available.

Local Directions
Take O’Donnell or Boston Street and turn Right at Newkirk Street. Follow Newkirk Street, South to the end and Turn Right onto Newgate Avenue.  Follow yellow & blue Event Signs.

Handicap Parking: follow yellow & blue Event Signs to N.S. SAVANNAH on Pier 13, Canton Marine Terminal (Savannah is moored just behind the grain elevator).

Directions
I-95 South towards FT McHenry Tunnel or
I-95 North transiting the FT McHenry Tunnel (Toll $4)-get in RIGHT LANE as exit is immediate!!

EXIT #56 – Keith Ave.

Turn LEFT at traffic light to proceed to New Vail Street.

At next traffic light, turn Right onto New Vail Street, proceed down the ramp that viers right and follow yellow & blue Event Signs.

Handicap Parking: follow yellow & blue Event Signs to N.S. SAVANNAH on Pier 13, Canton Marine Terminal (Savannah is moored just behind the grain elevator).

If you would like more information about this event, please contact: steamboatcompany at yahoo.com

 

September 2016 Volunteer Opportunities

B&CSC is gearing up for September volunteer opportunities:bcsc-logo-blueseal

  • Two September Docent Training Sessions for this year’s Fleet Week that features the US Navy’s Blue Angels and visiting ships
  • Saturday, September 24, 2016, 10 am, Work session aboard the CHARLES D. GAITHER

As part of Baltimore & Chesapeake Steamboat Company’s volunteer outreach program, we provide docents for several maritime programs aboard the Nuclear Ship Savannah. We have additional opportunities throughout the year within Baltimore Harbor and along Chesapeake Bay. Two upcoming Docent Training sessions to get ready for Fleet Week will be aboard the N.S. Savannah, which includes an orientation and brief tour of the ship:

  • Wednesday, September 14, 2016, from 5:30 – 7 pm
  • Saturday, September 17, 2016, from 10:30 am – Noon
    n.b. Docent Training certification expires after one year. If you have previously served as a Docent, your certification must be active or reactivated by attending one of the training sessions.

Please R.S.V.P. via SignUp Genius link:
www.SignUpGenius.com/go/4090E4AAFAE23A4F58-docent

Fleet Week activities will be October 11 to 16, 2016 (N.S. Savannah times and dates subject to change):

  • The N.S. Savannah will be open the same days and hours as the visiting N.S. Savannah at Pier 13 Baltimore, MDships.
  • Visiting ships are open to the public from 1 – 6 pm each day from Thursday, October 13 through Sunday, October 16, 2016.
  • Docents arrive one hour prior to public hours and remain until 30 minutes after public hours.

For more information about the 2016 Baltimore Fleet Week, please visit:
http://www.visitmaryland.org/list/maryland-fleet-week-air-show-baltimore-events.

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WORK SESSION on the CHARLES D. GAITHER
Saturday, September 24, 2016, from 10 am – 2 pm

Time to do some more work on what we envision as our Harbor’s future Ambassador! This is an awesome opportunity to work on an iconic Baltimore historic vessel.

bcsc-gaither-at-natl-marina-day-jun-2011General cleaning, scraping, and updating inventory lists. GAITHER has a Detroit 6-71 diesel engine that could stand a tune-up and some maintenance. The propeller shaft needs repacking. All skill levels welcomed – we love sharing our know-how and enjoy learning from others!

She is on land to make working on her easier for us, courtesy of Tidewater Yacht Service, with our on-going deep appreciation!!

Join us at Tidewater Yacht Service, 321 East Cromwell Street, Baltimore, MD 21230.

Please R.S.V.P. via SignUp Genius link: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/4090E4AAFAE23A4F58-gaither

B&CSC Provides Wreath for 30th PRIDE of BALTIMORE Memorial Ceremony 5/14/2016

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This beautiful biodegradable Memorial Wreath was made by Valerie Mathers who has blessed us with many such remembrances for various B&CSC and other historical programs.To view full story, please visit The Baltimore Sun newspaper article:

Pride of Baltimore’s 1986 sinking recalled at Fort McHenry ceremony

Friends of the Pride of Baltimore gathered on a Fort McHenry lawn Saturday to recall the 30th anniversary of the sinking of the schooner and the deaths of its captain and three crew members.

 

75th Anniversary of CHAS. D. GAITHER’s Commissioning

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Baltimore, MD-75 years ago, on September 14th, 1940, the now-historic first all-steel patrol boat CHARLES D. GAITHER was placed in commission with the Baltimore City Police Department’s marine division. Her name-sake became the first police commissioner of the modern era when the post was consolidated from three positions into the office of a single commissioner. Brigadier General Charles D. Gaither served seventeen years in this capacity from 1920 to 1937, a record that remains unbroken today.

After 31 years with the Baltimore Police Marine Unit, GAITHER transferred to the city’s Fire Department serving as a battalion commander’s command launch. GAITHER’S municipal operations ended in 1972 when she was sold at public auction.

 

 

 

 

Image by J Douglas Polaski

CHARLES D. GAITHER returned to public service when her ownership was transferred to the Baltimore & Chesapeake Steamboat Company in July 2011 during a National Marina Day ceremony held at Tidewater Yacht Service as a gift from the Vernon “Pete” and Geraldine Johnson family. “The GAITHER is a tangible link to Baltimore’s past and her police and fire departments of today and we wish to honor this long service and important continuing aspect of our harbor,” said Maizie Rocke, vice president of the B&CSC.  “We are working to further restore the GAITHER so she can again be seen plying the waters of our harbor.”

B&CSC is an all-volunteer non-profit educational organization that preserves, interprets and supports the industrial maritime heritage of the Chesapeake Bay Region. Since 2011, the GAITHER has been at Tidewater Yacht Service, our valued partner.  If you are interested in helping restore the GAITHER or other municipal maritime opportunities, contact us at steamboatcompany@yahoo.com.

The GAITHER is rated for coast-wise towing, is 48.5 ft in length, with a 12 ft beam, has a draught of 5 1/2 to 6 feet at her stern and is powered by her original 6-71 Detroit GM engine.

In fulfilling her former owner’s wish to see the GAITHER continue to be a vital part of sharing and teaching the City’s municipal history of Baltimore’s harbor, B&CSC seeks to highlight the vessel’s history, and that of the departments she has served.

GAITHER no longer patrols the harbor shorelines nor responds to alarms with her pilot-house mounted fire monitor. Today, and as long as there are lessons to be learned, GAITHER will seek to ignite ideas and use her decks to serve new generations as they answer the call to become protectors for the Port of Baltimore and the citizens of Chesapeake Bay Country.

Happy 75th Commissioning Day Anniversary!

 

Maritime EXPO at National Maritime Day, Sunday, May 17, 2015, 10am-3pm

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US Army Corps of Engineers vessels, 2013; Photograph by Walt Mathers
US Army Corps of Engineers vessels. Walt Mathers, photo.

Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore is within an overnight drive of 1/3 of the nation’s population.

Come join us and learn about what the Port of Baltimore does and what it takes to transport people and goods!

 ~Bring the family to this free event~

 Maritime Expo at National Maritime Day

Sunday, 17 May 2015

 10 AM – 3 PM

Pier 13 Canton, 4601 Newgate Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland, 21224-6408

P R O G R A M:

  • See the Lego™ Teach Fleet ship models, visit heritage organizations that preserve the maritime history of the port, and enjoy activities.
  • Tour visiting vessels as well as the Nuclear ShipSavannah.  Vessels are not handicap accessible; closed-toe shoes are required for boarding all vessels.
  • Radio-controlled maritime craft ply the waters of Pier 13 in their own ‘pond’.
  • Visit the N.S. Savannah Amateur Radio Club.
  • 11:30 am, commemorate National Maritime Day aboard the Nuclear Ship Savannah.
  • Food vendors will be available.
  • Free Event; Free Parking; Rain or Shine.

More Info on the ‘Maritime EXPO at National Maritime Day’ Page

 Local Directions
Take O’Donnell or Boston Street to Newkirk Street. Follow Newkirk Street, South to end and Turn Right onto Newgate Avenue.  Follow Event parking Signs.  Handicap Parking:  From Newgate Ave., Turn Left onto Pier 13, Canton Marine Terminal (moored just behind the historic grain elevator), proceed down pier to N.S. SAVANNAH.

Directions
I-95 South towards FT McHenry Tunnel or
I-95 North transiting the FT McHenry Tunnel (Toll $4)-get in RIGHT LANE as exit is immediate!!

EXIT #56 – Keith Ave.

Turn LEFT at traffic light onto New Vail Street.

Proceed to traffic light and turn Right to Newgate Ave. and follow Directions for Event Parking

Handicap Parking:  From Newgate Ave., Turn Left onto Pier 13, Canton Marine Terminal (moored just behind grain elevator), proceed down pier to N.S. SAVANNAH.

If you would like to be an exhibitor or a sponsor of this unique event, please contact: steamboatcompany at yahoo.com

 Sponsored by

Association of Maryland Pilots
Baltimore & Chesapeake Steamboat Company
Baltimore Maritime Exchange
Baltimore Port Alliance
Belt’s Logistics Services
Consol Energy/CNX Marine Terminal
Maryland Port Administration
McAllister Towing of Baltimore
Moran Baltimore
Pride of Baltimore II
Propeller Club of the United States – Port of Baltimore
Teach Fleet Program 

with special thanks to the crew of the N.S. Savannah

 

Hidden Harbor Series: Bulldogs at Baltimore’s Gates-Forgotten Sentinels of Baltimore Harbor, Sat., April 18, 2015, 11:30am-3pm

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SATURDAY, April 18, 2015, 11:30 am – 3 pm

Schedule:

11:30am — members and guests arrive

Noon — Hidden Harbor Series – Bulldogs at Baltimore’s GatesForgotten Sentinels of Baltimore Harbor by  Coast Defense Study Group authority, Elliot Deutsch — learn how the Port of Baltimore defended itself in times of war & peace, operate a non-firing working model of a seacoast ‘disappearing gun,’ peer at one of the east coast’s most mystifying island forts though a real 16-inch gun sight.

1:00 pm — pot luck luncheon (bring a dish to share)

2:00 pm — special tour

3:00 pm — Abandon Ship! [for home port, that is….]

R.S.V.P. Required to Learn of the ‘mystery’ Location

PLEASE INCLUDE: the names of all who wish to attend in your email to: SteamBoatCompany@yahoo.com.

The presentation site is not normally open.  Parking is free – and – so is the event!  Limited handicap access, some stair-climbing, not wheelchair accessible.

 

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