The USS Constellation at war.
If your boating plans will bring you to the Baltimore Inner Harbor on May 27th, you will be treated to a unique experience. Each year the sloop-of war, USS Constellation, is turned around from its berth at the Inner Harbor. This is a great photo op but also be advised that there are restriction in place for navigation in the area. This is from the Local Notice To Mariners from Chuck Baier, General Manager, Dozier's Waterway Guides.
Mariners are advised that the annual turn-around of the historic sloop-of-war U.S.S. Constellation is scheduled to occur in Baltimore Harbor at Baltimore, Maryland on Thursday, May 27, 2010, between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. The event consists of towing the historic sloop-of-war from its Inner Harbor berth at Pier 1 to the Fort McHenry Angle in Baltimore Harbor, then turning the vessel around, and towing it back to its Inner Harbor berth.
The Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP) Baltimore has established a temporary moving safety zone during the towing evolution. The moving safety zone includes all waters within 200 yards ahead of or 100 yards outboard or aft of the historic sloop of war U.S.S. Constellation while operating in the Patapsco River, Northwest Harbor and Inner Harbor. The zone will be enforced from 2 p.m. through 7 p.m. on May 27, 2010.
Except for U.S.S. Constellation Turn-around Participants, no person or vessel may enter into or remain within this area. Persons or vessels requiring entry, must first request permission by the COTP Baltimore, at (410) 576-2693, or Coast Guard patrol vessels enforcing the zone on marine band radio channel 16 VHF-FM. If authorized by the Coast Guard Patrol Commander to enter or pass through the zone, persons or vessels must proceed at the minimum speed necessary to maintain a safe course while within the zone.
The Coast Guard may be assisted in the patrol and enforcement of the zone by Federal, State and local agencies. If you have any questions please contact Coast Guard Sector Baltimore Waterways Management Division at (410) 576-2674, (410) 576-2693 or email Ronald.L.Houck@uscg.mil. (Fifth District LNM 19)