I Am Impressed


Heave, ho, heave, ho.  I was pulling on a rope with about 15 other people, trying to raise a sail on a British Navy schooner.  It was June 1814, and we were about to engage in the Battle of St. Leonard’s Creek.

The Battle of St. Leonard’s Creek involved a group of American barges that tried to stop the British navy from going up the Patuxent River to get to Washington DC.  It definitely was a David v. Goliath scenario.  For its 200th anniversary, there was to be a reenactment of the battle involving several tall ships.  The Pride of Baltimore II, a recreation of an 1812 schooner, was participating and taking on observers.  Excited about the opportunity not only to sail on a tall ship but to participate in a battle reenactment, I had signed on.

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Besides the Pride of Baltimore II, there were three other tall ships…

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