BNHA Historic Ships in Baltimore


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A collection of historic ships berthed around the Inner Harbor make for a unique museum experience. Historic Ships in Baltimore includes four vessels (all designated as National Historic Landmarks) and a lighthouse that once stood in the Chesapeake and now keeps watch over the Inner Harbor.

The most famous of the ships is the USS Constellation. The Civil War-era sloop-of-war was the last sail-only warship constructed by the U.S. Navy. During the Civil War, the USS Constellation disrupted slave trade to the American South, capturing slave ships and releasing imprisoned Africans. Visitors can also explore the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Taney (which survived the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor), scamper through the cramped quarters of the submarine Torsk, and get a feel for life on the sea at the lightship Chesapeake.