PORT OF BALTIMORE TRICENTENNIAL COMMITTEE NAMES STEAM TUG

BALTIMORE AS ITS FLAGSHIP

– 1906 Tug Baltimore Is Renewed for Second Half of Port’s 300th Celebration Year; Baltimore Leaves Dry Dock Tomorrow After Being Refurbished –

WHAT: The Port of Baltimore Tricentennial Committee will host a press conference announcing

the organization’s designation of the Steam Tug Baltimore, the only operating coal-fired steam tugboat in all of North America and a National Historic Landmark, as its official flagship for the remainder of the 300th celebration year and beyond. The flagship embodies the entire essence of the Port of Baltimore Tricentennial Committee as one of the oldest functioning artifacts related to the history of the Port of Baltimore.

In addition, the committee will celebrate the refurbishing of the Baltimore in time for the second half of the Port’s 300th celebration year. The former Baltimore City inspection tug will leave the General Ship Repair Company’s dry dock tomorrow after having its bottom and hull renewed in preparation for its 100th anniversary in October 2006.

Speakers include:

-Roland Woodward, executive director, Baltimore Museum of Industry

-Helen Delich Bentley, chairperson for Port of Baltimore Tricentennial Committee and maritime enthusiast who re-christened the Steam Tug Baltimore in 1993 when it received its National Historic Landmark status

WHERE:        Baltimore Museum of Industry, home of the Steam Tug Baltimore

1415 Key Highway

Baltimore, Maryland 21230

WHEN:           Thursday, July 13, 2006

TIME:              9:30 a.m.

EDITOR’S       Members of  the media are encouraged to  attend. Media can  contact  Nicole  Halsey

at

NOTE:            410-952-2122  and Paige  Kimos  at  443-838-5981  on  the day  of  the event.   Press

conference will take place rain  or shine.

About The Port of Baltimore Tricentennial Committee (www.PortofBaltimore300.org)

Under the leadership of the Honorable Helen Delich Bentley, the Port of Baltimore Tricentennial Committee was created in June 2005. The Port of Baltimore Tricentennial Committee is a group of maritime industry experts as well as representatives from the city and state who are coordinating efforts to promote the 300th celebration year of the Port of Baltimore. Campaigns throughout the year recognizing the 300th anniversary include a signature event held in June 2006, bus tours of Dundalk and Seagirt Marine Terminals, participation in the city’s semi-annual Waterfront Festival and the Volvo Ocean Race in the Inner Harbor, the unveiling of a commemorative

300th anniversary license plate and fine lithograph print, as well as special exhibits and activities with partner organizations.


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