Historic Ships in Baltimore

Living Classrooms is the steward of one of America’s premier ship collections, located on Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. The fleet is managed by Living Classrooms’ Historic Ships in Baltimore and includes the 1854 US Sloop-of-War CONSTELLATION, US Coast Guard Cutter WHEC-37 built in 1936, the US Submarine TORSK launched in 1944, the Lightship 116 Chesapeake which entered service in 1930, and the Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse which marked the entrance to the Patapsco River and Baltimore Harbor starting in 1856. Each of these very special artifacts is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has its own unique story to share.

From fighting the transatlantic slave trade to daring rescues; from riding out hurricanes to providing humanitarian aid and defending the freedoms we hold dear…experience life on board through “hands-on” tours and activities, live cannon firings, educational programs, overnight adventures for groups and more!

While maintenance and preservation of the vessels is always a priority, education is the primary focus of Historic Ships in Baltimore. Over 130,000 visitors explore the decks annually and learn what it was like for sailors to live and work at sea. Historic Ships hosts close to 5,000 Overnight Adventure students and their parents each year.

Historic Ships in Baltimore participates in regional programs such as Pre-K at Play, a citywide initiative designed to introduce young children and their families to the many learning activities that the area offers. Discounted admission is provided to Baltimore City school children as well as many special needs groups, and Historic Ships contributes hundreds of free tickets to deserving non-profits.

Historic Ships in Baltimore is an important community asset that requires support from many sources to accomplish its mission. Volunteer opportunities to assist with interpretation programs and preservation projects are available at Historic Ships in Baltimore but it is through individual and corporate sponsorships that we continue to offer high quality programs and maintain the fleet for future generations.

Contact: Chris Rowsom


Visit www.historicships.org to learn more about these “living classrooms.”

Click Here to view our Historic Ships in Baltimore Advisory Board


Students had an overnight experience onboard our historic ships since 2016.


Students have been served with educational programming onboard our historic ships since 2016.


The number of children and adults who participated in guided tours in 2019.