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

Posted by admin on May 17, 2016 in Uncategorized |
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

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

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

Posted by admin on April 11, 2015 in Uncategorized |

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.

 

Hidden Harbor Series: B&O Marine Railway System of the Port of Baltimore, rescheduled to Sat., March 21, 2015, Noon-5pm

Posted by admin on March 17, 2015 in Presentations, Uncategorized |
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Hot off the eWire... A Cabin Fever/Railroad & Tug & Barge & Modeling/Get Out & have Fun Event

SATURDAY, MARCH 21, 2015, Noon – 5

Schedule:

12:00 pm — members and guests arrive
12:30 pm — Update on B&CSC activities & coming events
1:00 pm — pot luck luncheon (bring a dish to share)

2:45 pm — Hidden Harbor Series – The B&O’s Marine Operations in Baltimore Harbor’s 100 Years on the Water ‘More or Less’ by John Teichmoeller

4:00 pm — special tour

5:00 pm — Abandon Ship! [for home port, that is….]

  • Find out what the Baltimore & Chesapeake Steamboat Company’s been & will be doing, grab some eats from the Pot Luck special, learn about an under-appreciated but vital part of almost 100 years of Baltimore Harbor’s B&O link including the rail line’s tugboats, car-floats, barges, side-wheelers, transfer bridges and a smige on daily operations. Where appropriate, modeling applications may also be shown.

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 site’s not normally open.  Parking is free – and – so is the event!

[as this is a need-to-escape-the stuffy abode (now that you’ve had plenty of time to learn where its dust bunnies hibernate in winter), email us & the mystery location will be revealed]

Do consider breaking out of the house this weekend and join us for a ‘real good’ time.

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

Posted by admin on March 17, 2015 in Uncategorized |

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

 

Maritime EXPO at National Maritime Day, 2014

TeachFleetfull_Q_deck_crop-705x315 Lego™ Teach Fleet

Curious about what the Port of Baltimore does and what it takes to transport people and goods?

 Then you’ll want to bring the family to this free event!

 Maritime Expo at National Maritime Day

Sunday, 18 May 2014

 10 AM – 3 PM

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

P R O G R A M:

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

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

  • 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-controled maritime craft ply the waters of Pier 13.
  • Introducing the new N.S. Savannah Amateur Radio Club with their first ever maritime communications event!
    2013 NMD Handmade Wreath presented by the Baltimore & Chesapeake Steamboat Company; photograph by Douglas Polaski

    2013 NMD Handmade Wreath presented by the Baltimore & Chesapeake Steamboat Company; photograph by Douglas Polaski

  • The Maritime Institute of Technology & Graduate Studies will provide information about the training and experience needed in the maritime industry as well as the bevy of careers that provide administrative support, marketing, finances, and more.
  •  11 am, commemorate National Maritime Day aboard theNuclear Ship Savannah.
  • Food vendors will be available.
  • Free Event; Free Parking; Rain or Shine.

 

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.

BUS SHUTTLE!  Special Baltimore City Bus Event Shuttle to Pier 13: Leaves from First Mariner Bank at intersection of Clinton Street, corner of Boston, red curb that serves routes 7, 11 and 13: leaves on the half hour from 9:30 am until 2:30 pm to Pier 13.  Returns from Pier 13 on the hour: starting at 10 am to 3 pm with the last bus leaving at 3:30 pm.

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 Port Alliance

Baltimore Maritime Exchange

Baltimore & Chesapeake Steamboat Company

with special thanks to the N.S. Savannah

 

 

 

 

In Memoriam: Wayne Britz of the NS Savannah Association

Posted by admin on December 28, 2013 in B&CSC - Baltimore & Chesapeake Steamboat Company, n/s SAVANNAH, 1959 |

We are all saddened by the sudden passing of NSSA’s President and Chairman Wayne Britz, on October 13, 2013. Wayne was totally devoted to the association and to the ship. For years he organized meetings, reunions, and events to preserve the N.S. Savannah. He was instrumental in the work being done on the ship. We will all miss him although his spirit will continue.  Wayne was a fellow supporter of Baltimore’s historic vessels and a friend to the B&CSC.  We will miss his smile and energy.  Fair Winds and Following Seas, Wayne!

courtesy NSSA

 

 

10/24/2013 1:24:00 PM
Wayne L. Britz

 

of Dallas, TX formerly of Chisago City died suddenly October 12, 2013 of complications from the Type1A Flu, at the age of 72.

Wayne was born June 17, 1941 in Stillwater to Ephraim and Dorothy Britz. He graduated from Chisago City High School in 1959. He received his B.S. from St. Cloud State University, graduated from the US Merchant Marine Academy, received his M.S from Georgia Institute of Technology, and attended the Executive MBA Program at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. After his graduation from the Merchant Marine Academy he was assigned to the N.S. (Nuclear Ship) Savannah.

It was the first non-military nuclear powered ship. After leaving the Merchant Marine and graduating with his M.S in Nuclear Engineering he went to work for the US Atomic Energy Commission in Washington DC. He moved to New Jersey to work for PSE&G as Manager of Radiation Protection Services at their nuclear power plants. After retiring from the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission in 2006 he moved from Dallas to White Bear Lake and then in 2008 he moved to Dubai to work at the United Arab Emirates Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation. Wayne had since moved back to Dallas where he was living at the time of his death. He was also the past President of the Savannah Nuclear Association.

In his free time he enjoyed traveling the world, playing music in several community bands and orchestras during his life, and was especially known for entertaining friends and associates. He was known to all for being loving, caring and giving.

Wayne was preceded in death by his parents Ephraim and Dorothy. Survived by sister Yvonne (David) Snyder of Cushing, WI, and brother Lowell of Orlando, FL., nephews Tim (Lori) Snyder of Zimmerman, Jim Snyder of Cushing, great-nieces and nephews Tom Snyder of Duluth, Madi Snyder of Cushing, Colten Snyder of Cushing, friends and acquaintances around the world. Funeral Services 11 a.m., Wednesday Oct. 23 at Zion Lutheran Church in Chisago City. Interment was in South Green Lake Cemetery. Grandstrand Funeral Home is handling arrangements. grandstrandfh.com

obituary courtesy www.chisagocountypress.com/main.asp?SectionID=8&SubSectionID=18&ArticleID=18493

 

 

Upcoming Maritime Activities …

Posted by admin on October 15, 2013 in B&CSC - Baltimore & Chesapeake Steamboat Company, Uncategorized |

The Baltimore & Chesapeake Steamboat Company will participate in this year’s Port Fest aboard the Nuclear Ship SAVANNAH  on Saturday, October 19, 2013 from 10am  – 3 pm.  B&CSC members will also assist the SAVANNAH throughout the week with school tours.

This is a Unique free vessel tour of the SAVANNAH (not usually open to the public)!  Under President Eisenhower’s Atoms for Peace Initiative, she was a passenger and cargo ship.

Self-guided tours.  Free Parking.  Not handicap accessible :(   Must wear close-toe shoes with no or low heels.

SITE: Pier 13, 4601 Newgate Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21224

Take Keith Avenue exit from I-95 just north of Ft McHenry Tunnel.

  • Free and open to the public as part of Baltimore’s Port Fest week of activities.  Come see us — We Go Places – We Do Things!

 Port Fest October 13 – 20, 2013

 For additional activities, see the Port Fest Website at:

www.portfestBaltimore.org

To get a flavor, visit:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSpUliT37Cw&feature=youtu.be

Port Fest is sponsored by the Baltimore National Heritage Area, whose mission is to promote, preserve, and enhance Baltimore’s cultural and historic legacy and natural resources for current and future generations!

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SULTANA Projects’

Downrigging Weekend Tall Ship and Wooden Boat Festival

November 1 – 4, 2013

 With only three weeks to go, now is the time to make your reservations to sail on board one of the seven historic “Tall Ships” that will be visiting Chestertown for the weekend.

While there is still room to sail on all the visiting ships, tickets are selling quickly and we expect certain vessels and sailing times will be sold out by the end of next week.

 The 2014 fleet includes:

  • KALMAR NYCKEL
  • PRIDE OF BALTIMORE II
  • VIRGINIA
  • LADY MARYLAND
  •  ELSWORTH
  • SIGSBEE
  •  SULTANA

For more details, visit:

http://www.sultanaprojects.org/downrigging/index.htm

Sultana Projects connects people to the Chesapeake Bay’s history, ecology and culture, inspiring them to join us in preserving and restoring America’s largest estuary.

 

B&CSC chosen as Fall 2013 class project at Maryland Institute College of Art!

Posted by admin on October 15, 2013 in B&CSC - Baltimore & Chesapeake Steamboat Company, Uncategorized |
MICA Logo for development design 2013

Professor John Wilson, Maryland Institute College of Art in  Baltimore, selected the B&CSC for his Fall 2013 design class project titled Industrial Maritime & Commerce Center Project: Interpreting the Lifeways of Chesapeake Bay.  Unfortunately, this will mark the ‘retirement’  of his career as a professor.

 
B&CSC arranged for his class to meet aboard the Nuclear Ship SAVANNAH for a tour and to discuss the project on September 26, 2013.  B&CSC selected two sites for the class to explore generating a development plan for our all-volunteer non-profit that forwards its mission to preserve, interpret and support the industrial maritime heritage of the Chesapeake Bay Region.

The two sites are along the industrial waterfront BCSC Logo 9-2013 new completearea and are ideal in supporting facilities to maintain and repair historic vessels as well as interpretation of the folk- and lifeways of the Bay.  Students will develop plans for a maritime heritage complex that also serves Baltimore’s cultural heritage efforts.

The class will present their presentations at a special session with the B&CSC on December 19, 2013.

For more on Professor Wilson, please see:

http://www.mica.edu/About_MICA/People/Faculty/Faculty_List_by_Last_Name/John_J_Wilson_Jr.html


Working here at the Academy with a million and a half tourists a year, the more consolidated a facility the better. Tourists like to be able to get to a place and see as much as they can in one spot.

As a “tourist site,” [these offer] a lot of amenities, i.e. close to inner harbor, and other public facilities [and] would give the students a chance to research sail to steam.

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