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Port of Baltimore

 
 
Port of Baltimore Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 16, 2010
1. Port of Baltimore Marker
Inscription. Each year thousands of ships from all over the world call at the port of Baltimore. Fort McHenry lies at the heart of this great complex of channels, docks, cargo piers, shipyards, warehouses, and rail terminals.

Petroleum, iron ore, raw sugar, bananas, automobiles, and lumber are among the port's leading imports. Exports include coal, food products, heavy equipment, and grain from the Midwest.

The annual value of cargos amounts to several billions of dollars.

Although Baltimore is chiefly a commercial port, the harbor also accommodates passenger liners and many pleasure craft.

A few minutes watching and listening here may reward you with a fascinating array of waterfront sights and sounds.

The Coast Guard tower to your left is direction in line with the Fort McHenry Channel and helps pilots to follow a straight course. Its green beacon flashes on and off every two seconds.

Buoys help mark the channels. As a ship enters the harbor, red buoys appear on the right, and green on the left.

Pilots carry charts showing the locations and characteristics of all navigational aids.

Tug boats assist ships entering the harbor. The tug captain boards the larger vessel and assumes full responsibility for safe docking. He communicates with his mate, who operates the tug, by whistle signals which
Map of the Port image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 16, 2010
2. Map of the Port
can often be heard from here:
"Ahead" - one toot
"Go astern" - two toots
"Full speed" - four or five toots
"Let go" - one long, two toots
The tug acknowledges these commands with three toots.
 
Location. 39° 15.827′ N, 76° 34.659′ W. Marker is in Baltimore, Maryland. Click for map. Marker is on the grounds of Fort McHenry National Monument. Marker is in this post office area: Baltimore MD 21230, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Guns that Won the Battle (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Guns That Won the Battle (about 300 feet away); Army "Sailors," Navy "Soldiers" (about 300 feet away); Sailors Fighting Sailors (about 300 feet away); O'er the Ramparts We Watch! (about 400 feet away); Outer Battery (about 400 feet away); Entering Fort McHenry ... A Deadly Crossfire (about 400 feet away); The Great Guns of the Fort... (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Baltimore.
 
Categories. Waterways & Vessels
 
Port of Baltimore Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 16, 2010
3. Port of Baltimore Marker
Beacon Tower image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 16, 2010
4. Beacon Tower
Shipyards in the Harbor image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 16, 2010
5. Shipyards in the Harbor
Military Sealift Command Ships in the Harbor image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 16, 2010
6. Military Sealift Command Ships in the Harbor
Sailing Vessel Passes Fort McHenry image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 16, 2010
7. Sailing Vessel Passes Fort McHenry
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 645 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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