“Named after a ship that fought in the war of 1812, the first Pride of Baltimore sank in a white squall (a fierce storm of winds) in 1986 off of Puerto Rico. The captain and three crew members were lost in that incident; the remaining eight crew members survived for four days in a life raft before being rescued by a tanker. After Baltimore’s then-Mayor William Donald Schaefer said several times that there would never be another Pride of Baltimore, there was public pushback–and the Pride of Baltimore II was commissioned.
Captain Jan Miles has been at the helm of the Pride of Baltimore II since then. Before that he was a skipper aboard the original Pride of Baltimore. Today marks the 25th anniversary of the second Pride’s commissioning.
We talk with him about the impetus for rebuilding after the tragic loss of the original Pride of Baltimore, as well as the ways the mission of the Pride II has changed over the last 25 years. ”
Listen at WYPR.org.