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.

Friday, August 15th, 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, 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.

Friday, August 22th, 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, 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. This event has been canceled.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

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.

Friday, September 12th, 9:00 PM & 10:00 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, September 13th, all day: USS Constellation Closed

USS Constellation will be closed all day on Saturday, September 13th for a private event.  All other sites will be open for visitation.  USS Constellation will reopen for regular visitation on at 10 AM on Sunday, September 14th.

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

Wednesday, October 1st, 6:00 PM: USS Torsk – “Approach and Attack!”

A FreeFall Baltimore Presentation

Historic Ships in Baltimore presents a tour and discussion about fleet-type submarine tactics of World War II.   Come aboard to experience the working environment of the "silent service" and learn how these underwater warriors attacked their prey.    This event is free but due to limited space, reservations are required.

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.

Monday & Tueday, October 6th & 7th: USS Constellation Closed

USS Constellation will be closed on Monday, October 6th and Tueday October 7th for Dry-Docking preperations.  USS Torsk, USCGC Taney, Lightship Chesapeake, and Seven Ft Knoll Lighthouse will remain open according to regular hours.

Wednesday, October 8th, 6:00 PM: Lightship Chesapeake - “Lightships, What are They?”

A FreeFall Baltimore Presentation

Listen as the various aspects of these complex and versatile Aids to Navigation are explained.  Numerous lightships have served the mariners throughout the Chesapeake Bay from 1820 to 1965.  Learn how the sailors who manned these specialized ships lived and worked during a tour of the 84 year old Lightship Chesapeake, guided by a long-time volunteer. This event is free but due to limited space, reservations are required.

Saturday, October 11th: 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 Baltimore Harbor and culminates in the Historic Ships' post-race fundraiser from 6 PM – 9 PM. Reservations required, additional fee.

Monday, October 13th: USS Constellation Dry-docking

On Monday, October 13th, USS Constellation will be moved from her Pier 1 berth to be dry-docked for critical repairs.  The ship will be away through February of 2015.  Donations in support this crucial preservation project are greatly appreciated.   USS Torsk, USCGC Taney, Lightship Chesapeake, and Seven Ft. Knoll Lighthouse will remain open according to regular hours.

Wednesday, October 15th, 6:00 PM: USCGC Taney - "USCGC Taney on the 'Day of Infamy'"

A FreeFall Baltimore Presentation

Historic Ships in Baltimore preserves and displays US Coast Guard Cutter Taney as the last ship afloat that saw action during the attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7th,1941.  Come aboard USCG Taney for a discussion led by a volunteer historian about the disaster at Pearl Harbor in 1941 and the role of the Taney in the battle. This event is free but due to limited space, reservations are required.

Wednesday, October 22nd, 6:00 PM: USS Torsk – “Approach and Attack!”

A FreeFall Baltimore Presentation

Historic Ships in Baltimore presents a tour and discussion about fleet-type submarine tactics of World War II.   Come aboard to experience the working environment of the "silent service" and learn how these underwater warriors attacked their prey. This event is free but due to limited space, reservations are required.

Wednesday, October 29th, 6:00 PM: USS Torsk – “Approach and Attack!”

A FreeFall Baltimore Presentation

Historic Ships in Baltimore presents a tour and discussion about fleet-type submarine tactics of World War II.   Come aboard to experience the working environment of the "silent service" and learn how these underwater warriors attacked their prey. This event is free but due to limited space, reservations are required.

 

November 2014

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.

 

CANCELED: Wednesday, December 31st; 10:00 PM - Thursday, January 1st: 1:00 AM: Annual New Year’s Eve Deck Party
This event has been canceled due to the the dry docking of USS Constellation.  We apologize for any inconvenience.