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Star Spangled Sailabration

This year represents the 200th anniversary of the composition of the Star Spangled Banner, composed by Francis Scott Key in Baltimore’s Ft. McHenry after a night of British bombardment.  Baltimore celebrated this historic moment with a “Star Spangled Sailabration” from June 13-19.

Nearly 40 visiting ships participated in the event, including many tall ships, active duty warships, and research vessels.  An air show by the Navy’s Blue Angels and performances by the British Royal Marines band at Ft. McHenry supplemented the nautical displays.  Vendors of all types populated Baltimore’s Inner Harbor in support of the celebration.  Enjoy these pictures of tall ships.

Links and additional photos:

http://starspangled200.com/visiting-ships#.T-uDHpG8jbw
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/history/1812-war/bal-sailabration-2012-baltimore-pg,0,7576965.photogallery

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