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Fells Point in Baltimore, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

“Baltimore must be tamed…”

Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

 

— War of 1812 —

 
“Baltimore must be tamed…” Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, December 13, 2014
1. “Baltimore must be tamed…” Marker
Inscription.  Baltimore’s importance as the commercial heart of the Chesapeake region wasn’t the only reason the British wanted to capture the city in 1814. They also wanted to stifle Fell’s Point---the home port for many of the privateers that preyed on British merchant ships. The United States augmented its small navy by licensing privately owned ships to attack enemy vessels. Baltimore privateers captured more than 500 British ships during the War of 1812. Explore Fell’s Point today to see dozens of building that once served as homes and businesses for shipbuilders, seamen, immigrants, enslaved and free blacks, merchants, and families in this bustling maritime neighborhood. Exhibits and tours reveal the role of Fell’s Point in the defense of Baltimore and the nation.

(Inscription below the photo on the right)
Captain Thomas Boyle commanded the famous Fell’s Point privateer Chasseur (above), hailed as the Pride of Baltimore.

Explore these places in the Fell’s Point area: *Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine-Exhibits and programs about the Star-Spangled Banner and defense of Baltimore *Flag House and Star-Spangled Banner Museum-Exhibits

“Baltimore must be tamed…” Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, December 13, 2014
2. “Baltimore must be tamed…” Marker
and programs about the flag that inspired the national anthem. *Fell’s Point Visitor Center 1724-26 Thames Street-Exhibits, self-guiding walking tour brochure (tour highlights 1812 historic sites and features) *Broadway Pier-Baltimore schooners once crowded the docks; access the 7-mile waterfront promenade and water taxis to nearby Inner Harbor sites, including the Baltimore Visitor Center.
 
Erected by National Park Service-United States Department of the Interior.
 
Topics and series. This memorial is listed in this topic list: War of 1812. In addition, it is included in the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail series list.
 
Location. 39° 16.968′ N, 76° 35.598′ W. Marker is in Fells Point in Baltimore, Maryland. Memorial is on Broadway. The marker is located in Fells Point near the Broadway Market. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Baltimore MD 21231, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. War in the Chesapeake (here, next to this marker); 1633 Lancaster Street (within shouting distance of this marker); 1630 Shakespeare Street (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 1632 Shakespeare Street (about 300 feet away); 722 South Regester Street (about 300 feet away); 1628 Shakespeare Street
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(about 300 feet away); Fells Point (about 300 feet away); 1621 Lancaster Street (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fells Point.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 17, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 900 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 17, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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