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Pride of Baltimore II in troubled financial waters

Posted at 6:47 AM, Feb 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-06 06:47:18-05

An iconic Maryland ship may be left high and dry if funds don't start pouring in.

The Pride of Baltimore II has been around for decades, but now organizers are scrambling to raise thousands of dollars.

The ship built in 1988 replaced the original Pride, which sank in 1986 near Puerto Rico. The non-profit that is now supporting the ship is urgently seeking funding to keep Pride sailing. 

Money is needed for maintenance and travel funds, and organizers are hoping they can make ends meet with state and local funding. 

In its prime, the Pride two visited more than 200 ports in 40 countries. Its goal was to promote maritime education, foster economic development and tourism, as well as stand as an ambassador of Maryland.

Over the years Pride II generated a little less than half it's funding through its trips around the world and souvenir sales.