I have decided to finally tell the story of my involvement with the Pride of Baltimore and the aftermath of her capsizing.
I first want to make one thing clear to avoid conclusion jumping that has sometimes resulted from statements I’ve made about the affair in the past: I take no issue with the design of the vessel. I think Thomas Gillmer fulfilled his design brief brilliantly. I am not aware of any error or omission that, if corrected, would have led to her hull shape, sail plan, or arrangement being the least bit different than it was on that day when her keel first touched the water.
This is not, therefore, a smoking gun story. It does however fill in a part of the story that is important to understanding the dynamics of how decisions were made about the operation of the vessel. I’ve told the story to three different authors of books about the ship but none seemed to be able to get a handle on it. Perhaps they felt it wasn’t important to understanding the events. You will now be able to make up your own mind about that.
I’m currently cruising around Narragansett Bay and there is spell of poor weather coming up so I will post this story in short chapters over the next few days. Please feel free with questions and comments although I may ignore them if answering them means jumping ahead of the story.