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Baltimore Harbor - Cruises and Steamboats
 

Steamboats out of Baltimore were common for years , allowing travelers to go to the Eastern Shore and the amusement parks over there  ( Betterton and Tolchester ) or perhaps to Virginia or New York............................. 

In 1878 ,  the above ad was shown in local Baltimore Directory. Small beaches and amusement parks along the Chesapeake Bay were the popular destinations for Baltimoreans escaping the heat of Baltimore's summers
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Steamer Cambridge & Tolchester
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In the 1950's, The Wilson Line's S.S. Bay Belle was popular for cruising around harbor. The Bay Belle sailed out of the Broadway Pier for years.
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.................................................Pictures from Eastern High Yearbooks circa  -  1950's

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This shot is actually a different shot of the ship seen above top left . Look closely and you'll see the differences.

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Another cruise students in the Baltimore area would go on in the 1950's, the Tolchester, which I believe was also on the Wilson Line.
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Another Wilson Line cruise boat I have found references to was the S.S. Mount Vernon.  I found one reference that shows Towson  College in 1962 taking the boat to a amusement park called Marshall Park. Ring any bells anyone ?
 ( Thanks to Tom H. < March 2010  > -  I've got an answer ! ;" The ship steamed the Potomac from Washington D.C. and made stops at Marshall Hall Amusement Park ( on the Maryland side ) and Mount Vernon  ( on the Virginia side ) . " The ship appears to have sunk at pier in the early 1960's. Elvis Presley performed once on the ship ( at dock ).
  I know it's not really " Baltimore Harbor", but seeing that there are very few references of the ship on the web, we'll leave the entry on the page.
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Baltimore's Port Welcome around the 1960's. The Port Welcome would cruise up and down the Harbor, and would even travel as far as Annapolis and Betterton. Many of us growing up in Baltimore in the 1960's and 1970's remember the Port Welcome, which gave a great water view of Baltimore's Harbor. The group of Port Welcome pictures come from area high schools and colleges, when the Port Welcome was used for cruises down the Bay.
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.......1960's shot of the Port Welcome on a cruise and an aerial look at the Port Welcome at the dock, around the same time.
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I'm still looking for a picture, but many people email us asking about the " other boat " that was docked in the harbor for years, around the 1970's.  That was the S.S. Nobska, which was sold in later years and later scraped from what I understand.
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