"School Trips for Local Children" Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine by grandmaR

Every school child in Maryland has probably taken a trip to Fort McHenry. But most of the time we see if from the water - either on cruise ship or on our own boat.

This was a photo my dad took in 1954 when passing Ft McHenry on an Old Bay Line steamer. This was a regular overnight run from Baltimore to Norfolk, although they also stopped at Old Point Comfort.

The place where Francis Scott Key was anchored (on a British ship) during the bombardment is out by Fort Carroll near what is now Key Bridge. In the summer there is a buoy there marking the spot. I wanted to see this and take a picture of it when I left to go to Bermuda on a cruise ship, but it was too cold to stay out on deck, and I wasn't able to stay outside, plus as you can see it was getting dark.

I got the photo on a subsequent cruise

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