Baltimore Harbor, Maryland
Baltimore is well known for it's schooner race annual event.
Starting in the late 1970's Schooner Pride of Baltimore, a replica of the original Baltimore Clipper designed for the War of 1812, was built as a center piece for the beginning of Baltimore's urban renewal initiatives. Today's harbor is remarkably different as you will see.
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Portsmouth was first settled in 1623 as Piscataqua, and was then given the name "Strawberry Banke" because of the wild strawberries growing along the Piscataqua River. Well located for trade between upstream industries and mercantile interests abroad, the port prospered. Both fishing and shipbuilding were important businesses. At the town's incorporation in 1653, the name Portsmouth was adopted to honor the founder, John Mason, captain of the port of Portsmouth, England in the county of Hampshire, for which New Hampshire is named. In 1774, Paul Revere rode to the town to give the warning that the British were coming. The seaport was vulnerable to potential bombardment by the Royal Navy during the American revolution, so the seat of government was moved inland to Exeter. President Thomas Jefferson's 1807 embargo withered trade in the port city, but fortunes were made through privateering during the War of 1812.< br>
Once one of the nation's busiest ports and shipbuilding cities, Portsmouth's wealth was expressed in fine architecture. The city contains wonderful examples of Colonial, Georgian, and Federal style homes, some of which are now museums. Portsmouth's heart contains stately brick Federalist stores and townhouses, built after early 19th century fires devastated the city.
The Industrial Revolution left Portsmouth in the shadow of New Hampshire mill towns like Dover, Keene, Laconia, Manchester, Nashua and Rochester, which helped to preserve old Portsmouth. Much of the city's architectural legacy survives for tourists and artists, who throng the cafes around Market Square each summer.
John Paul Jones' ship Ranger was built in Portsmouth, and the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, just across the river in Kittery, Maine, was the nation's first. Portsmouth is also known as the site where President Theodore Roosevelt arranged the Treaty of Portsmouth with diplomats from Russia and Japan, ending the Russo-Japanese War in 1905.