The 2017 seasons’ first tall ship, Sørlandet, arrived at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor today, with crew, along with teachers and 50 high school students. Sørlandet is a Norwegian term that means “southern land.” The 212-foot fully operational ship was built in 1927, in Kristiansand, Norway, earning it the title of the oldest full-rigged ship in the world.
Since 1975, the nonprofit organization, Sail Baltimore, has brought over 500 ships to Baltimore. The rigging, a ladder-like rope that spans from the masts to the deck, will be lighted up in celebration of the Light City Festival, which is expected to kick off on Friday.
The SS John W. Brown, a 75-year-old WWII Liberty ship, is scheduled to arrive in Fells Point on Friday at 9 a.m. and will be open to the public beginning Friday from noon until 4 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
In 1981, Sørlandet became the first of its kind to provide sail training courses to women. Today, the ship is utilized by the A+ World Academy for training purposes.
The ship will be open for free public tours from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. If all goes as planned the ship will depart the Inner Harbor at 10 a.m. Monday.