Event Calendar

Daily Live Cannon Firings on USS Constellation

Monday - Thursday at Noon, Friday - Sunday at Noon & 4:00 PM

Hourly hands-on activities & demonstrations on USS Constellation

              Demonstrations subject to change without notices. 

              See the Plan of the Day on Pier 1 for each day's schedule.

Saturdays & Sundays, 1:00 PM:

"Powder Monkey Tour for Kids" on USS Constellation

Kids six and up are invited to come aboard to learn about the lives of the young boys who served as powder monkeys during the Civil War. Young "recruits" will find out through hands-on activities and demonstrations how lads from eleven to eighteen lived in Mr. Lincoln's Navy.  Open to all visitors and included with regular admission; no reservations are required.

 

Special Programming & Signature Events

2014 Programming & Events
 

January 2014

Wednesday, January 1st; 12:00 Noon: Delayed Opening

Historic Ships in Baltimore will open at 12:00 Noon. 

 

February 2014

No events available at this time.  Please check back for updates.

March 2014

No events available at this time.  Please check back for updates.

April 2014

Saturday, April 19th, 2:00 PM: "The Chronometer: A Clock that Revolutionized Maritime Navigation"

 Before the Days of the GPS and electronic navigation, seagoing vessels could only determine their latitude when out of sight of land. Calculating longitude, or east-west position on the globe, remained inaccurate at best, impossible at worst. Then came Englishman John Harrison, who in the mid- 18thcentury invented a clock that allowed navigators to compare their local time with that of Greenwich thus determining their longitude. Join historian David Gorell on board USS Constellation as he presents the story of this device’s invention and how it revolutionized maritime exploration and trade. This presentation is open to all visitors and is included with regular admission. No reservations are required.

Sunday, April 20th; 12:00 Noon - Delayed Opening

Due to the Easter holiday, Historic Ships in Baltimore will open at 12:00 Noon.

Saturday, April 26th; 10:00AM - 4:00PM: Ship's Company

USS Constellation’s own Ship’s Company of volunteer sailors and marines come aboard to provide a unique and fascinating view of service at sea. Presentations and hands-on activities throughout the day punctuate the daily routine and focus on day-to-day shipboard life in Mr. Lincoln’s Navy.

May 2014

Saturday, May 24th, 2:00 PM: "Constellation History Tour"

Take a walking tour through 100 years of naval service! Historian and friend of the ship, John Barnard, leads an hour-long tour that focuses on many of the social changes that took place aboard USS Constellation during her century of service. Come aboard and take a close look at the real Old Navy, and see the difference time makes. This presentation is open to all visitors and is included with regular admission. No reservations are required.

Saturday, May 31st; 10:00AM - 4:00PM: Ship's Company

USS Constellation’s own Ship’s Company of volunteer sailors and marines come aboard to provide a unique and fascinating view of service at sea. Presentations and hands-on activities throughout the day punctuate the daily routine and focus on day-to-day shipboard life in Mr. Lincoln’s Navy.

 June 2014

Saturday, June 7th; 2:00 PM: Screwpiles of the Chesapeake Bay - Past & Present

Join Tony & Alma Pasek of the Chesapeake Chapter of the U.S. Lighthouse Society as they discuss the importance of the Screwpile lighthouse to the Chesapeake Bay region. This presentation will take place at Historic Ships' own screwpile lighthouse, Seven Foot Knoll, located on Pier 5.  This presentation is open to all visitors and is included with regular admission. No reservations are required.

Saturday, June 7th, 2:00 PM: "Constellation History Tour"

Take a walking tour through 100 years of naval service! Historian and friend of the ship, John Barnard, leads an hour-long tour that focuses on many of the social changes that took place aboard USS Constellation during her century of service. Come aboard and take a close look at the real Old Navy, and see the difference time makes. This presentation is open to all visitors and is included with regular admission. No reservations are required.

Thursday, June 12th; 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM: Captain's Jubilee

Historic Ships in Baltimore and Absolutely Perfect Catering present a special seated four-course wine-pairing dinner on board USS Constellation.  This fundraising event supports the preserving and restoring our maritime heritage. Reservations required, additional fee.

Saturday, June 14th; 11:00 AM: Submarine Propulsion

Qualified submarine veterans will describe the basics of how submarine diesel-electric propulsion systems work, including pointing out major components, instrumentation, and controls in the Maneuvering Room and Motor Room of USS Torsk. Guests will participate in hands-on operation of Motor Order Telegraphs and Sound-Powered Phones to respond to propulsion orders received from the Control Room. This presentation is open to all visitors and is included with regular admission. No reservations are required.

Saturday, June 21st, 2:00 PM: "Constellation History Tour"

Take a walking tour through 100 years of naval service! Historian and friend of the ship, John Barnard, leads an hour-long tour that focuses on many of the social changes that took place aboard USS Constellation during her century of service. Come aboard and take a close look at the real Old Navy, and see the difference time makes. This presentation is open to all visitors and is included with regular admission. No reservations are required.

Saturday, June 28th; 10:00AM - 4:00PM: Ship's Company

USS Constellation’s own Ship’s Company of volunteer sailors and marines come aboard to provide a unique and fascinating view of service at sea. Presentations and hands-on activities throughout the day punctuate the daily routine and focus on day-to-day shipboard life in Mr. Lincoln’s Navy.

July 2014

Friday, July 4th, 5:00 PM- Early Closing USS Constellation

Last boarding for USS COnstellation will be 5:00 PM in preparation for the Independence Day Deck Party.

Friday, July 4th, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM: Independence Day Deck Party Picnic
Celebrate our nation's birthday high above the Inner Harbor Crowds. Classic Catering People will be serving backyard favorites along with, local beer, wines and assorted sodas.  There will be music, special tours, cannon firings, giveaways and the best view of the fireworks.  SOLD OUT.

Saturday, July 5th, 2:00 PM: "Constellation History Tour"

Take a walking tour through 100 years of naval service! Historian and friend of the ship, John Barnard, leads an hour-long tour that focuses on many of the social changes that took place aboard USS Constellation during her century of service. Come aboard and take a close look at the real Old Navy, and see the difference time makes. This presentation is open to all visitors and is included with regular admission. No reservations are required.

Saturday, July 12th, All Day: Marylanders in the War of 1812

Join Ship's Company's 1812 Unit aboard USS Constellation as they depict and describe the role of Sailors during the War in the Chesapeake during 1812-1814, as well as the history of Constellation’s predecessor the US Frigate Constellation (1797-1853). This presentation is open to all visitors and is included with regular admission. No reservations are required.

Friday, July 18th, 9:00 PM:  “Seafarer’s Tales of Tradition, Toil, and a Touch of the Macabre”

Come aboard USS Constellation for an after-hours, lantern light tour of all four main decks including the ship’s hold and the Brig!   Highlights of the Ship’s Service history will be shared along with stories of hardship, occasional tragedy, and strange occurrences from the 1862-1865 Diary of ship’s Yeoman Moses Safford.  Tickets for this after-hours tour may be purchased here.

Saturday, July 19th, 2:00 PM: "Constellation History Tour"

Take a walking tour through 100 years of naval service! Historian and friend of the ship, John Barnard, leads an hour-long tour that focuses on many of the social changes that took place aboard USS Constellation during her century of service. Come aboard and take a close look at the real Old Navy, and see the difference time makes. This presentation is open to all visitors and is included with regular admission. No reservations are required.

Friday, July 25th, 9:00 PM:  “Seafarer’s Tales of Tradition, Toil, and a Touch of the Macabre”

Come aboard USS Constellation for an after-hours, lantern light tour of all four main decks including the ship’s hold and the Brig!   Highlights of the Ship’s Service history will be shared along with stories of hardship, occasional tragedy, and strange occurrences from the 1862-1865 Diary of ship’s Yeoman Moses Safford. Tickets for this after-hours tour may be purchased here.

Saturday, July 26th; 10:00AM - 4:00PM: Ship's Company

USS Constellation’s own Ship’s Company of volunteer sailors and marines come aboard to provide a unique and fascinating view of service at sea. Presentations and hands-on activities throughout the day punctuate the daily routine and focus on day-to-day shipboard life in Mr. Lincoln’s Navy.

August 2014

Saturday, August 2nd, 2:00 PM: "Constellation History Tour"

Take a walking tour through 100 years of naval service! Historian and friend of the ship, John Barnard, leads an hour-long tour that focuses on many of the social changes that took place aboard USS Constellation during her century of service. Come aboard and take a close look at the real Old Navy, and see the difference time makes. This presentation is open to all visitors and is included with regular admission. No reservations are required.

Saturday, August 16th, 2:00 PM: "Constellation History Tour"

Take a walking tour through 100 years of naval service! Historian and friend of the ship, John Barnard, leads an hour-long tour that focuses on many of the social changes that took place aboard USS Constellation during her century of service. Come aboard and take a close look at the real Old Navy, and see the difference time makes. This presentation is open to all visitors and is included with regular admission. No reservations are required.

Saturday, August 23rd, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM: Victory Night

Honoring those who served on the Historic Ships, and the descendants, volunteers and members who preserve their legacy. This delightful event is free to all members, volunteers, former crew and their descendants.  Food and drink are provided.  Simply RSVP to your invitation or contact us at daldridge@historicships.org or 410-539-1797 x422 if you are a descendant who is not yet on the museum's list. 

Sunday, August 24th: Songs of the Sea with the Jolly Rovin’ Tars!

Historical musicians Jake Laubach and Ken Purcell will be aboard the USS Constellation all day performing traditional maritime music and will feature music of the War of 1812. This presentation is open to all visitors and is included with regular admission. No reservations are required.

September 2014

Saturday, September 6th, 2:00 PM: "Constellation History Tour"

Take a walking tour through 100 years of naval service! Historian and friend of the ship, John Barnard, leads an hour-long tour that focuses on many of the social changes that took place aboard USS Constellation during her century of service. Come aboard and take a close look at the real Old Navy, and see the difference time makes. This presentation is open to all visitors and is included with regular admission. No reservations are required.

Saturday, September 20th, 2:00 PM: "Constellation History Tour"

Take a walking tour through 100 years of naval service! Historian and friend of the ship, John Barnard, leads an hour-long tour that focuses on many of the social changes that took place aboard USS Constellation during her century of service. Come aboard and take a close look at the real Old Navy, and see the difference time makes. This presentation is open to all visitors and is included with regular admission. No reservations are required.

Saturday, September 27th; 10:00AM - 4:00PM: Ship's Company

USS Constellation’s own Ship’s Company of volunteer sailors and marines come aboard to provide a unique and fascinating view of service at sea. Presentations and hands-on activities throughout the day punctuate the daily routine and focus on day-to-day shipboard life in Mr. Lincoln’s Navy.

October 2014

Saturday, October 4th, 2:00 PM: "Constellation History Tour"

Take a walking tour through 100 years of naval service! Historian and friend of the ship, John Barnard, leads an hour-long tour that focuses on many of the social changes that took place aboard USS Constellation during her century of service. Come aboard and take a close look at the real Old Navy, and see the difference time makes. This presentation is open to all visitors and is included with regular admission. No reservations are required.

Saturday, October 11th, 2013: USS Constellation Cup Regatta & Pier Party!

 Join us for a fun filled day on the water. The day kicks off with the Annual USS Constellation Cup Sailboat Regatta in the Inner Harbor and culminates in the Historic Ships' post-race fundraiser from 5PM – 9PM. Reservations required, additional fee.

Saturday, October 18th, 2:00 PM: "Constellation History Tour"

Take a walking tour through 100 years of naval service! Historian and friend of the ship, John Barnard, leads an hour-long tour that focuses on many of the social changes that took place aboard USS Constellation during her century of service. Come aboard and take a close look at the real Old Navy, and see the difference time makes. This presentation is open to all visitors and is included with regular admission. No reservations are required.

Saturday, October 25th; 10:00AM - 4:00PM: Ship's Company

USS Constellation’s own Ship’s Company of volunteer sailors and marines come aboard to provide a unique and fascinating view of service at sea. Presentations and hands-on activities throughout the day punctuate the daily routine and focus on day-to-day shipboard life in Mr. Lincoln’s Navy.

November 2014

Saturday, November 8th, 2:00PM: "US Marines in the Civil War"

 Join volunteer historian John Barnard in the Captain's Cabin of USS Constellation to learn about the role of the United States Marines during the Civil War. Marines’ lives aboard ship as well as their role in land engagements will be discussed. This presentation is open to all visitors and is included with regular admission. No reservations are required.

Thursday, November 27th: CLOSED

Historic Ships in Baltimore will be closed on Thursday, November 28th in celebration of the Thanksgiving holiday. Historic Ships will re-open at 10:00AM on Friday, November 28th.  We wish you and yours a safe and happy Thanksgiving.

December 2014

Sunday, December 7th, 12:00 Noon: Pearl Harbor Day Memorial Ceremony

Join the board and staff of Historic Ships in Baltimore in marking the anniversary of the December 1941 Japanese Attack on Hawaii and honoring those who served during WWII. The Pearl Harbor Memorial Ceremony, will be held on board the US Coast Guard Cutter TANEY, and is open to the public at no cost. 

 

Wednesday, December 24th & Thursday December 25th:

CLOSED

Historic Ships in Baltimore will be closed on December 24th & 25th in celebration of the Christmas holiday. Historic Ships will re-open at 10:00 AM on Friday, December 26th.  We wish you and yours a safe and happy holiday.

 

Wednesday, December 31st; 10:00 PM - Thursday, January 1st: 1:00 AM: Annual New Year’s Eve Deck Party
Ring in the New Year, sip champagne, & watch the Fireworks from the deck of USS Constellation, high above the Inner Harbor crowds.  A twilight menu provided by Charles Levine Caterers will be served with local ale, wine, mulled cider and coffee.  There will be music, special tours, cannon firings and more. Reservations required, additional fee.