The Constellation Cup

Feb-2010 Soundings

The USS Constellation — the last Civil War-era U.S. warship afloat — is the highlight of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. It helped the North win the war and fought the slave trade, seizing slave-ships off the coast of Africa and liberating their “cargo.” Every fall, its stewards hold a fundraising race: Sailboats race from Fort McHenry down the Patapsco River to the Francis Scott Key Bridge and back to the Inner Harbor.

This story, in the February 2010 issue of Soundings magazine, recounts the voyage of White Hawk, a 44-ft. Cherubini ketch, as it won the 2009 Constellation Cup. Reprinted by permission of Soundings.

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