“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Inner Harbor in Baltimore, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Historic Ships in Baltimore

"Walk the Decks of History!"


— Baltimore Maritime Museum —

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By Devry Becker Jones, February 16, 2020
1. Historic Ships in Baltimore Marker
Inscription.  US Coast Guard Cutter, Taney, the only warship still afloat that saw action during the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, was commissioned in 1936. This 326-foot High Endurance Cutter is one of seven Secretary class ships built. Besides, WWII, Taney gave a half century of wide ranging continuous service until being decommissioned in 1986.

US Lightship # 116 "Chesapeake" marked the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay for over 29 years. Lightship #116 was initially assigned to Fenwick Island, Delaware in 1930. The Lightship was transferred to the approaches of the Chesapeake Bay where her bright red hull, masted lamp and loud foghorn guided mariners to safe harbor for 29 years. From 1965 - 1970, Lightship #116 finished its career marking the Delaware Bay approaches.

US Submarine Torsk sank the last enemy vessel of WWII. Torsk was launched in late 1944 and represented the state-of-the-art US Submarine technology in World War II. The submarine carried out two wartime patrols in the Pacific, and on August 14, 1945, sank two Japanese coastal defense frigates, the last enemy ships sank during the
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By Devry Becker Jones, February 16, 2020
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war. The Torsk also has an amazing service record of dives, among the highest total of any submarine in US history.

Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse was built in 1856 and is one of the oldest screw pile lighthouse in Maryland. The lighthouse marked the entrance to Baltimore's harbor for 133 years before being moved to the Inner Harbor for restoration. The lighthouse was built at the mouth of the Patapsco River marking the shoal known as the Seven Foot Knoll. It was built on cast iron pilings with corkscrew like bases that were screwed into the soft mud on the bottom of the Bay eliminating the need for a masonry foundation.
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Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureCommunicationsWar, World IIWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Lighthouses series list. A significant historical date for this entry is August 14, 1945.
Location. 39° 17.107′ N, 76° 36.519′ W. Marker is in Inner Harbor in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker is on Harbor Bridge Walk 0.1 miles south of East Pratt Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 501 East Pratt Street, Baltimore MD 21202, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lightship Chesapeake (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Great Baltimore Oyster Partnership
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(about 300 feet away); An Active Port for 300 Years (about 500 feet away); Top of the World Observation Level World Trade Center (about 500 feet away); Together we remember the people of Maryland who perished on 9.11.2001 (about 500 feet away); Baltimore Riot Trail (about 500 feet away); The Port of Baltimore (about 700 feet away); USS Constellation (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Inner Harbor.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on February 16, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 48 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 16, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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Apr. 19, 2021