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Friday, November 18, 2016

Eric & I Tour Baltimore's Inner Harbor with Francis Scott Key

Our visit to Fort McHenry provided the backgrouond I needed before meeting our tour guide at Baltimore's Inner Harbor.

Eric & I will tour this historic
section of Baltimore with
Francis Scott Key.

He often tours the harbor
aboard The Raven.

Francis, know to many by his alter ego, Squire Frederick, is my cousin Rick.

A replica of The Pride of
across the harbor.

Schooners, like this one ran the British Naval blockade during the War of 1812, bringing food and needed goods to residents of Baltimore.

Union cannon were placed on
Federal Hill, above the harbor,
in 1861 to persuade Baltimore,
& by extension Maryland, to
stay in the Union.

Steel girders from the
World Trade Center
in New York City

The marble base is a sun dial, marking each of the three attacks on September 11.  The names of the Marylanders who died in the three attacks are inscribed here.

memorialized with these three
limestone blocks from the
 damaged section of the building.

Granite columns memorialize
the passengers & crew of
Flight 93, that crashed
in Shanksburg, PA.

USS Taney is docked

The ship was named for Robert B. Taney.  He was serving as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court when the Dred Scott Decision was handed down in 1857.  The court's decision stated that no black, free or slave could claim U.S. citizenship.  As non-citizens, blacks had no right to petition the courts for their freedom.

Seven-Foot Knoll Lighthouse
was built in 1855.

This short lighthouse safely guided boats and ships in this low lying harbor for many, many years.

One of the waterways
in Baltimore

Eric & I admire the "stepped" architecture of Scarlett Place Condominiums, on the right.

Mr. Trash is the Inner 
Harbor Water Wheel.

Its job is to collect debris
that lands in the Inner
Harbor's waterways.

Francis is proud to share the
with Eric and me.

All three of us are proud
of our Polish ancestry.

Dedicated in 2000, this monument memorializes the 15,000 Polish Army prisoners who were massacred in the Katyn Forest, in western USSR, by Soviet Secret Police in 1940.  For decades, the Soviet Union denied the atrocity, blaming it on German soldiers.  Finally, in 1990, Moscow did the right thing and admitted their culpability in this mass murder. 

What's a tour without a
stop at a local pub?

Francis takes us to the
James Joyce Pub.


Francis, Eric and I toast many things with our Irish Beers....  Family, Health, Travel and great Irish beers.

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