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They continue to be a progressive leader in the world of piloting by being strong advocates of technology, training, and accountability.This web site contains information about Maryland Pilots including their history, governance, training, and role in protecting the Chesapeake Bay while serving Maryland’s economy.
Maryland’s goodwill ambassador, the Pride of Baltimore II, is a replica of this class of vessel.
During the war of 1812, the American naval war effort was supported by the extensive use of Baltimore Clippers that were commissioned as “privateers”.
It has been recorded that these “privateers” captured or sank over 1700 British merchant vessels during the War.
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Founded in 1852, The Association of Maryland Pilots is the oldest state codified organization of Pilots in the nation.
The Maryland Pilots have always been known for accomplishing "first's.
In 1881, the Maryland Pilots introduced the first steamer in the world, exclusively built for piloting.
Before the Association of Maryland Pilots was founded, small schooners offered piloting services to inbound ships.
The first schooner to hail an inbound ship would win the right to board a Pilot and sail the ship safely to one of Maryland’s historic ports such as St. Michael’s, Cambridge, Solomon’s Island, Annapolis, Havre de Grace, Rock Hall, Chestertown, and Baltimore.
The use of small pilot schooners in the late 1700's led to the development of the Baltimore Clippers, the fastest vessels of their day.