The Baltimore & Chesapeake Steamboat Company, Inc. (B&CSC), founded in 2004 and a year later incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization, preserves, interprets and supports industrial maritime heritage efforts throughout the Port of Baltimore and the Chesapeake Bay Region.
The group participates in or sponsors a variety of events, lectures, field trips around waterways and hosts other maritime-related programs throughout the year. It serves as an active member organization of the Baltimore Port Alliance, was a key player in the Port of Baltimore’s Tricentennial Celebrations and helped coordinate the Steamship Historical Society of America’s first-ever ‘Shiposium on maritime preservation aboard the world-famous Nuclear Ship SAVANNAH. We are an annual sponsor of National Maritime Day. Our all-volunteer members Go Places, Do Things and Make Things Happen That Make a Difference!
B&CSC acquired its first historic vessel, the 1940 M/V CHARLES D. GAITHER, in 2011. The GAITHER represents the first all-steel patrol vessel to be placed into service with Baltimore City Police Department’s fleet and later with the City’s Fire Department scoring a combined service history exceeding three decades.
The organization continues to contribute materially to preservation efforts involving the 1906 Steam Tug BALTIMORE, the oldest hand-fired, coal-burning steam tugboat (with an operational power plant) in all of North America. Tug BALTIMORE is a National Historic Landmark.
Baltimore & Chesapeake Steamboat Company’s CHARLES D. GAITHER is a recognized historic vessel with the United States Maritime Administration. All donations to the B&CSC are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.
Why do we exist? Because we believe that history tends to lose its way when pieces of the puzzle are allowed to stray. That’s why you should give the B&CSC a second look.
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The organization operates the tug Baltimore, a 1906 tugboat. This is the oldest operating steam-powered, coal-fired tugboat in the USA.