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:
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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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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
- LADY MARYLAND
For more details, visit:
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.
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 area 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:
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.
Trending NOW – Sept 2013 Chesapeake 360 Article, pg. A-23 entitled: – “Running With the Big Guys”, by Dick Greenwood – thanks to a match-making by Ralph Onesti, able skipper and inspirational bow sprit for the 1902 Tug JUPITER.
Here’s the full pdf version:
or visit CHESAPEAKE 360 E-DICTON through your web brower:
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The Baltimore & Chesapeake Steamboat Company is featured in the Jun-Aug 2013 issue of the PORT OF BALTIMORE magazine on Pp. 24-25!
See below link for the full pdf article!
or visit the PORT OF BALTIMORE magazine website for the full issue:
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Baltimore & Chesapeake Steamboat Company and the German Society of Maryland co-hosted the 80th Observance of the Baltimore Memorial Service for Capt. Paul L. Koenig, Commander of the U-Deutschland Merchant Submarine’s Historic 1916 Maiden Solo Voyage Across the Atlantic Ocean.
Baltimore, MD – September 15, 2013:- The Baltimore & Chesapeake Steamboat Company (B&CSC) and the German Society of Maryland co-hosted aboard the Nuclear Ship Savannah the 80th observance of the memorial service held in Baltimore upon the death of Captain Paul Liebrecht Koenig (1867-1933). Two presentations were given. The first was “An Historic Voyage: Koenig and the U-Deutschland,” by Maizie Rocke, vice president of the B&CSC, and historian Valerie Mathers, which included readings from Captain Koenig’s 1916 book about his exploits, Voyage of the Deutschland: the First Merchant Submarine. Historian Walt Mathers then presented “Of Maritime Pioneers,” which included insights placing Koenig’s achievements within the larger context of maritime accomplishments. The Dockenspielers, a German band that has performed for over 35 years in this area, provided musical selections accompanied by singer Ms. Beth Schleigal courtesy of the German Society of Maryland.
The B&CSC presented Captain Setzer and Mr. Erhard Koehler, Project Manager for the N.S. Savannah, with copies of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, written by Jules Verne. Ms. Rocke stated that, “It is only right that we end this observance on an appropriate nautical note, for another pioneer captain, Captain Koenig, received this book upon leaving Baltimore on August 2, 1916, to make his return trip to Germany.“.
that he was awarded the German Iron Cross, 1st Class. After the war, he served as an executive for the North German Lloyd shipping company from 1919 to 1931. He would return to America several times on popular speaking tours. The U-Deutschland’s centennial will be in 2016.
The Baltimore & Chesapeake Steamboat Company, which formed in 2004, and began operating in 2005, is an all-volunteer non-profit educational organization that preserves, interprets and supports industrial maritime heritage efforts at the Port of Baltimore and throughout the Chesapeake Bay Region. Contact them at: firstname.lastname@example.org or join us on Facebook.
The nonprofit German Society of Maryland, established in 1783 and incorporated at Annapolis, Maryland in 1817 maintains offices at: 15 West Mt Vernon Place, Baltimore, MD, 21201. Visit them at: www.germansociety-md.com.
For B&CSC, submarines are on the agenda for 2013 and what better way to prepare for our upcoming commemoration of maritime pioneer Paul L. Koenig, captain of the U-DEUTSCHLAND, than to enjoy the competition at this years International Submarine Races!
Teams fielded their human-powered designs that are operated by one or two scuba crew members. The ISR are held every two-years and encourage high school and college students to apply their engineering skills in unique ways. ISR’s2012 press release states:
“The purpose of the sub races is to provide an educational opportunity for aspiring young engineers. Their participation in the design, construction, and operation of a human-powered submarine offers real-time application of theoretical knowledge, hands-on problem-solving and team-building skills. Each year, teams strive to either set new speed records or bring innovative approaches to propulsion, guidance or other technical requirements of submarine design.
Awards are given for the following:
- Overall Performance
- Best Spirit of the Races
- Current Records
- Best Design Outline
- Absolute Speed
- Fastest Speed by Category
- Best Use of Composites
For more information, visit www.isrsubrace.org.
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Maizie Rocke, VP B&CSC (L) & Valerie Mathers (R).
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 email@example.com.
THE STEUBEN NEWS featured an article about the B&CSC in their March-April 2013 newsletter of the Steuben Society of America.
Baltimore Plans a Tribute to Captain Paul L. Koenig
by Use Hoffmann and Walter Mathers
The invitation we received to take part in a memorial service described here connects us with Steuben Society history in the 1930s that unfortunately we had lost track of. It also stimulates thoughts of reviving the Admiral Wmfield Scott Schley Unit No 37 in the city of Baltimore and recalls maritime history that is very much a part of German-Americana we like to celebrate at any time.
The maritime community at the Port of Baltimore is making preparations to honor Captain Paul Lieberecht Koenig (1867-1933) with a memorial concert and re-created program marking the 80th anniversary of Koenig’s remembrance conducted aboard the world’s first nuclear-powered merchant ship, N.S. SAVANNAH. She is layberthed at Baltimore.
The sponsors and the port’s maritime community ask that you join them as we remember and reflect on the noted maritime pioneer, Captain Paul Koenig.
Save the date – Sunday afternoon, September 15th, 2013. For more details please … email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Baltimore Plans a Tribute to Captain Paul L. Koenig
The invitation we received to take part in a memorial service described here connects us with Steuben Society history in the 1930s that unfortunately we had lost track of. It also stimulates thoughts of reviving the Admiral Winfield Scott Schley Unit No 37 in the city of Baltimore and recalls maritime history that is very much a part of German-Americana we like to celebrate at any time. The maritime community at the Port of Baltimore is making preparations to honor Captain Paul Lieberecht Koenig (1867-1933) with a memorial concert and re-created program marking the 80th anniversary of Koenig’s passing. The remembrance will take place on the afternoon of September 15, 2013, at Baltimore harbor and within sight of the exact location where U-DEUTSCHLAND first dropped anchor in American waters. As a maritime pioneer, Koenig commanded the world’s first merchant submarine, U-DEUTSCHLAND. The submersible was also the first of its kind to ever make an unassisted crossing of the Atlantic Ocean. Originally sponsored by the Baltimore-based Admiral Winfield Scott Schley Unit No. 37, of the Steuben Society of America, the tribute will closely adhere to the original printed program of September, 1933. Arion Gesangverein, established in 1850, was present at the original Koenig service, and will again offer the musical selections identical to the 1933 program.
The service is being planned by the Baltimore & Chesapeake Steamboat Company, Inc., an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization that preserves, interprets and supports the industrial maritime heritage efforts within the Chesapeake Bay Region. U-Deutschland and her captain, Paul Lieberecht Koenig, are important historical figures contributing to international maritime firsts. Baltimore embraced the U-Deutschland and especially Captain Paul Koenig following their trans-Atlantic voyage. Upon Koenig’s death in 1933, Baltimore became only one of two known cities outside of the extensive programs held in Germany to mark his passing and to acknowledge the captain’s accomplishments. New York City conducted the other service.
The Steuben Society of America is dedicated to unite men and women of Germanic origin who share a common interest in the positive and continued growth of our nation as well as the preservation of our rich heritage. For more info: www.steubensociety.org.
Baltimore, MD- As the B&CSC prepares for the Inaugural Maritime EXPO & Career Fair at National MaritimeDay on Saturday, May 18, 2013, Maryland State Senator Bryan W. Simonaire presented F. Holton Brown, President of the Baltimore & Chesapeake Steamboat Company (B&CSC), with a set of United States and State of Maryland flags to fly on the fore and after staffs of the M/V CHARLES D. GAITHER with former Congresswoman Helen Delich Bentley in attendance in honor of National Maritime Day on Saturday, May 18, 2013. B&CSC is an all-volunteer non-profit educational organization that preserves, interprets and supports the industrial maritime heritage of the Chesapeake Bay Region.
The historic 1940 GAITHER is the first all-steel vessel in the Baltimore City Police Department fleet and the group’s first acquisition. She is named after the first police commissioner of the modern era when the post was consolidated from three positions into one, Charles D. Gaither. GAITHER served seventeen years in this capacity from 1920 to 1937, a record that remains unbroken today. The GAITHER is a gift of the Vernon “Pete” and Geraldine Johnson family. Pete grew up in Locust Point and fell in love at an early age with the Gaither as he watched her ply its waters. He acquired the vessel several years after it left service as a City fire boat, restoring her to operational condition. Mrs. Geraldine Johnson placed the Gaither back into public hands when she transferred ownership to the B&CSC in July 2011 at National Marina Day held at Tidewater Yacht Service, fulfilling Pete’s wish to see the GAITHER continue to be a vital part of Baltimore’s harbor.
This acquisition was made possible through Mike Efford, captain of the former Army transportation boat, the Mi-T-Mo, who hauled her from her mooring to Tidewater Yacht Service. Robert Brandon of Tidewater worked with the new owners to take her out of the water for surveying and maintenance. “Her steel hull and superstructure are in good shape!” commented Maizie Rocke, Vice President for the B&CSC. “Daniel Gill of Gill Technical Service out of Henrico, Virginia performed a radiographic survey last year. He and his assistant were recommended to us and they are just wonderful to work with! They were very through in performing the survey,” Rocke stated. “We need volunteers to complete the project so she can be placed back into the water as she was meant to be. Contact us at email@example.com,” Rocke continued.
Senator Simonaire is a member of the Joint Committee on Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Critical Area as well as the Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee. Senator Simonaire was first elected to represent District 31 in 2006 and was re-elected in 2010 by a wide margin. The Senator is a graduate of the Bob Jones University of Greenville, SC (1985) and has a degree in Engineering Science (2005) from Loyola College of Maryland.
Former Maryland Congresswoman Helen Delich Bentley served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1985 to 1995. She holds life memberships in the Association of Port Authorities, the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, and the Maritime Law Association of the United States. In recognition for her contributions to the maritime industry, the port was named the “Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore” in 2006. B&CSC is privileged to have served on the Port’s Tricentennial Anniversary Committee, which Bentley chaired.
Holton F. Brown served 41 years from 1967 to 2008 as an editorial assistant at the Baltimore Sun newspaper. Prior to the Sun, Brown trained and served as a medical technician and registered practical nurse with the U.S. Air Force. Brown attended the University of Baltimore for journalism.
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The B&CSC attended in the 2013 Cabin Fever event in York, PA on Saturday, April 12th. This steam event drew interesting folks and it ws nice to catch up with some of our steam whistle participant from the 2006 Steamtug BALTIMORE’s Centennial program!
Maizie Rocke and Walt and Valerie Mathers staffed our table. It featured the beautiful ship model of the BEAR of OAKLAND and a sketch of the last sailing ship to leave Hampton Rhodes. Paul Hollenbeck built the BEAR over his lifetime, beginning when he was still a lad and finishing her after he retired!
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