Patriotic buoy reinstalled for the season


The Coast Guard cutter James Rankin, a 175-foot buoy tender home-ported in Baltimore, set the historic Francis Scott Key buoy in the Patapsco River Monday near the Francis Scott Key Bridge.

The buoy marks the spot where the ship carrying Francis Scott Key, the author of "The Star-Spangled Banner", was anchored during the bombardment of Fort McHenry during the War of 1812. Each year the buoy is set in the spring to mark the historic location of the event and later removed in the fall.

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VIDEO: Coast Guard Deploys Francis Scott Key Buoy

The Coast Guard on Monday deployed the Francis Scott Key memorial buoy in the Patapsco River off Baltimore, Maryland. The red-white-and-blue buoy marks the approximate position where Key wrote “Defence of Fort McHenry,” while imprisoned aboard a British ship. Key’s poem would go on to become the national anthem of the United States.