The beautiful and graceful Friendship Sloop evolved from hardscrabble fishing boats used to harvest lobster and fin fish in Maine.
The 2018 Maryland Legislature adjourned yesterday and among the last-minute bills that passed was a resolution to fund the Pride of Baltimore II, the globe-trotting sailing ambassador for Baltimore City and the state of Maryland, to the tune of $500,000 annually. Despite the funding, the tall ship is still facing a yearly $700,000 budget shortfall.
Autonomous boating slowly is becoming a reality. And, if a Boston, Massachusetts, startup gets its way, skipper-less boats soon could be put to dangerous tasks, such as firefighting and oil spill containment—or maybe even take you out on your next cruise, hands-free.