B&CSC and Marine Divisions of Baltimore City Police & Fire Dept. Commemorate GAITHER Launch

Posted by admin on September 30, 2013 in Industrial Maritime Heritage, m/v CHARLES D GAITHER, 1940, Uncategorized |
Diver from the Marine Division of the Baltimore City Police Department.

Diver from the Marine Division of the Baltimore City Police Department.

Baltimore, MD- Members of the B&CSC, the Marine Unit of the Baltimore City Police Department and the Marine Division of the Fire Departments commemorated the launch of the historic CHARLES D. GAITHER 73 years ago at noon on Tuesday, July 23, 2013, at Tidewater Yacht Service, Port Covington Maritime Center.  Bedecked with a set of United States and State of Maryland flags donated by Maryland State Senator Bryan W. Simonaire for this year’s National Maritime Day, the 1940 GAITHER was the first all-steel vessel in the Baltimore City Police fleet and later served in the Fire Department.

She is named after the first police commissioner of the modern era, Charles D. Gaither.  Appointed by Governor Albert Ritchie, Gaither served seventeen years in this capacity from 1920 to 1937, a record that remains unbroken today.  B&CSC acquired the GAITHER 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.”  The Baltimore & Chesapeake Steamboat Company is an all-volunteer non-profit educational organization that preserves, interprets and supports the industrial maritime heritage of the Chesapeake Bay Region.  For those interested in municipal maritime opportunities, contact steamboatcompany@yahoo.com.

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