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Events archive

This section contains field trips, tours, and other events that CAPCA has conducted in months and years prior to the current calendar year.

2016

Thursday, February 18: Special Tour of Strategic Sealift Ship USNS Gilliland. This 55,450-ton cargo vessel is one of 61 former merchantmen that the Navy keeps in strategic reserve, prepared to sail within five days in case of war or other contingency. Now based in Baltimore and operated by the Military Sealift Command as a roll-on, roll-off ship, she was built in 1972 and converted for military use in 1996. Our tour, by special arrangement, will take you through the bridge, weather-deck, cargo hold and other key parts of the vessel. Led by knowledgeable MSC personnel. Tour lasts two hours. A great opportunity to get a close-up look at a key player in the military's efforts to preposition cargo and to transport combat gear in case of emergency. 

Saturday, March 26: Tour of University of Maryland Horn Point Environmental Science Laboratories. Interested in what scientists are doing to help improve the environmental quality of Chesapeake Bay? Here’s a chance to tour the University of Maryland’s Horn Point laboratories in Cambridge. We’ll meet at 10 a.m. in the lab headquarters at 2020 Horns Point Road (dress warmly!) and walk through four different labs centering on physical oceanography, sea grass, sturgeon restoration, and oyster restoration. The tour—some of it inside and some of it outdoors—lasts for about 90 minutes. Members, families, and friends welcome.

Monday, April 11: Tour and Underway Ride on the U.S. Naval Academy’s New YPs. The Naval Academy has acquired new Yard Patrol boats (YPs) to use in training midshipmen in seamanship and navigation. The 119-foot vessel, the latest version of the Academy’s familiar gray-hulled fleet of training ships, is larger and better-equipped than the model that has been in service for the past two decades. We’ll arrive at the YP pier on the north side of the Severn River in time to start the tour at 1 p.m., then get underway for a demonstration of how the vessel is used in teaching. We’ll be back at the ship’s assigned slip by 3 p.m.

Saturday, April 16: Tour of America’s first nuclear-powered cargo ship—the N/S Savannah, in Baltimore. Nuclear-powered naval vessels aren’t anything unusual these days, but did you know that the U.S. built a nuclear-powered civilian cargo ship—the N/S Savannah? Constructed between 1959 and 1962 as a showcase for America’s “Atoms for Peace” program, the 596-foot freighter was in service from 1964 through 1971, when, beset by mounting costs and labor disputes, she finally was deactivated. Now a national historic landmark, she’s docked in Baltimore. We’ll offer two tours for CAPCA members and their families—one on Saturday, April 16th, and a second on Wednesday, April 27th. Tours begin at 10 a.m.

Wednesday, April 27: Tour of America’s first nuclear-powered cargo ship—the N/S Savannah, in Baltimore. Nuclear-powered naval vessels aren’t anything unusual these days, but did you know that the U.S. built a nuclear-powered civilian cargo ship—the N/S Savannah? Constructed between 1959 and 1962 as a showcase for America’s “Atoms for Peace” program, the 596-foot freighter was in service from 1964 through 1971, when, beset by mounting costs and labor disputes, she finally was deactivated. Now a national historic landmark, she’s docked in Baltimore. We’ll offer two tours for CAPCA members and their families—one on Saturday, April 16th, and a second on Wednesday, April 27th. Tours begin at 10 a.m. 

Saturday, May 7: Bowie Baysox baseball game and fireworks display. Here’s a family event that’s a double-header—(1) a Baysox baseball game, followed by (2) a fireworks display. Gates at Prince George’s Stadium in Bowie, Maryland, open at 5:30 p.m. The game begins at 6:35 p.m. The Bowie Baysox, an AA affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, play the vaunted Erie SeaWolves, an AA affiliate of the Detroit Tigers. Take your whole family to watch. We’ll all sit together as CAPCA members. Tickets are $7 a person for box seats (which usually are $17 a seat). Children under three may attend free of charge. Buy your own hot dogs, popcorn, cotton candy, soft drinks, beer, and other fine ballpark cuisine. Or take part in a two-hour picnic buffet (from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.) for $30 a person (price includes both your game ticket in the CAPCA seating area and the buffet). Parking is free. Ten minutes after the game, you’ll be treated to a 15-minute fireworks display. To sign up, call up the Continuing Education page on the CAPCA website, type in the number of tickets you want and submit your credit card information. Family members and guests are welcome, but you as a CAPCA member will have to order the tickets.

Thursday, June 16: Tour of David Taylor Model Basin, Carderock, Maryland. Here's a special treat for ship-lovers: A tour of the famed David Taylor Moedel Basin and the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Carderock. The sprawling campus, just north and west of Bethesda, is the Navy's state-of-the-art research, engineering, modeling, and test center for ships and ship systems. The largest and most comprehensive facility of its kind in the world, it serves both the Navy and the maritime industry. We'll meet at the center at 10 a.m. and tour the facility's vast laboratories, modeling shops, and simulation sites, and spend time at the basin, which tests precision radio-controlled ship models for their maneuvering and seakeeping abilities. We'll organize transportation from Annapolis to the center and back. Tour lasts about an hour and a half. Cost: FREE. For members, families, and friends. Limited to 25 persons. Government-issued photo ID (military ID card, driver's license, or passport) required. To sign up, e-mail programs@capca.net
 

Saturday, October 1: Daytrip on the Liberty Ship SS John W. Brown. Here’s a great opportunity for a family trip to remember. Take a six-hour “Voyage into History” cruise on one of the two remaining World War II-era Liberty ships that’s still fully operational. Boarding begins at 8 a.m. The ship will leave her berth in Baltimore at 10 a.m. and steam down the Bay. You’ll have the entire day to look around the ship while she’s underway, tour her various compartments and spaces—wheelhouse, bridge, gun deck, messrooms, crew quarters, engine room, and museum—and enjoy the trip. There’ll be entertainment and a mock “attack” by “enemy” aircraft. The ship will return to Baltimore and debark at 4:30 p.m. We’ll enjoy a special group rate of $120 a person. Refunds will incur a $25 charge. Price includes a lunch of sandwiches, salads, soft drinks, and dessert. No alcohol permitted. CAPCA members and their families and guests are welcome. To sign up, e-mail programs@capca.net We’ll post details about  how to pay over the summer.

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2015

Thursday, April 16, 2015: Event. Special CAPCA tour of U.S. Naval Academy Museum. Tour of the recently renovated USNA museum, guided by the institution's education director. Includes first-floor displays of artifacts from the history of the United States Navy; detailed "dockyard" models of square-riggers from the Age of Sail; and a visit to model-makers' workshop. 

Saturday, April 25, 2015: Event. Special CAPCA tour of U.S. Naval Academy Museum. Tour of the recently renovated USNA museum, guided by the institution's education director. Includes first-floor displays of artifacts from the history of the United States Navy; detailed "dockyard" models of square-riggers from the Age of Sail; and a visit to model-makers' workshop. Free.

Saturday, May 9, 2015: Event. Tour of USCGC James Rankin (WLM-555), berthed at U.S. Coast Guard Yard, Curtis Bay. Here's a chance for you to tour the ship that does all the work in placing and maintaining the buoys, daymarks, and radiobeacons in this part of the Chesapeake Bay. Spend time on the bridge, take a close look at the deck gear that the crew uses to handle buoys and other navigational aids, inspect the engine room and other compartments, and chat with the officers and crewmembers. 

Wednesday, May 13, 2015: Event. Tour of USCGC James Rankin (WLM-555), berthed at U.S. Coast Guard Yard, Curtis Bay. Here's a chance for you to tour the ship that does all the work in placing and maintaining the buoys, daymarks, and radiobeacons in this part of the Chesapeake Bay. Spend time on the bridge, take a close look at the deck gear that the crew uses to handle buoys and other navigational aids, inspect the engine room and other compartments, and chat with the officers and crewmembers. 

Saturday, September 12, 2015: A family event. Docent-led tour of historic Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse. Interested in an insider's look at the iconic Thomas Point Lighthouse? You'll be ferried to the lighthouse on a special 18-passenger launch and guided through the refurbished interior by a knowledgeable docent. Get a close look at the beacon itself and at the living quarters used by the lightkeeper and his family from 1875 through the takeover of the lighthouse by the Coast Guard. It's a fascinating glimpse of maritime history. The light was purchased by a private-public partnership in 2004. Cost of the tour—including the boat-ride each way—is $70 a person. 

Wednesday, October 7, 2015: A family event. Sunset dinner cruise on board the tall-ship schooner Mystic Whaler. This one is a real treat! We'll board at 4:30 p.m. at Port Annapolis Marina, get underway at 5 p.m. and return to port at 8 p.m.—long enough to give you a daytime look at the portion of the Bay around Annapolis, enable you to watch the sun set while you're sailing, and then return to port under a (hopefully) starry sky. Dinner, prepared by the ship's own galley, includes clam chowder with oyster crackers, grilled, marinated chicken-breast filet; freshly baked baguettes; lettuce, tomato, and onion garnish; three side-salads; pickles and olives; potato chips; lemonade and ice-water; and freshly baked brownies. You're welcome to bring your own soda, beer, and wine. The ship will provide ice and cups. It's a great way to meet other CAPCA members and their families. Cost of the tour—including the meal—is $70 a person. Children can come along for half-price.  To learn more about this beautiful tall ship, visit www.mysticwhalercruises.com

 

 

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CAPTAIN ALICIA TYRELL is typical of many of our members. She spent 15 years as a biotech products developer before deciding to switch careers and become a full-time captain. She earned her Coast Guard captain's license (a 100-ton master's for inland and near-coastal waters) in 2014 and now operates water-taxis year-'round for the Baltimore Water Taxi Company. In the summer, she also works as a part-time captain for other maritime companies. 

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CAPCA Resources

FOR YOUR INFORMATION...

Looking for information about a maritime-related subject? Click on the links below to explore our collection of Internet resources. You don't have to be a member to take advantage of this service. If you know of other sites that you'd like us to add to the list, please send the URL (website address) to communication@capca.net. Please note that CAPCA is not responsible for content on external websites.

Here's our list so far:

CAPCA TWEETS

CHESAPEAKE BAY

FAVORITE LINKS A TO Z

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES

          EPA

          DHS

          MD DNR

INTRACOASTAL WATERWAYS

LICENSING, MMC, LEGAL

MISCELLANEOUS

MOBILE APPS

NAVIGATION

NAVIGATION RULES

NOAA

ORGANIZATIONS

USCG GENERAL LINKS

        Recall Notices

        Safety Advisories

        Safety/Security Bulletins

        Small Passenger Vessels

VENDORS and SERVICES

WEATHER and TIDES