To kick off the year long celebration in 2006, the Port of Baltimore commissioned Patrick Reid O'Brien to create a painting to be the symbol of the port's 300 year history. Composing the painting with vessels from each century of operation, a limited edition lithograph was made and sold to raise revenue for the port Celebration. At the Gala Dinner event, Helen Delich Bentley was honored by having the port of baltimore named after her. At the Ceremony she presented keynote speaker Brit Hume with a framed lithogrtaph signed by the artist.
“This is an historical, once-in-a-lifetime event,” said former U.S. Rep. Helen Delich Bentley,Chairman of the Port of Baltimore Tricentennial Committee. “The Port of Baltimore built thecity, and it continues to be an economic engine for the entire state providing well-paying jobs,tax revenues, and a host of other advantages which come from having a first-class Port in our own backyard.”During the year, the Baltimore maritime community will participate in a year-long celebration of the Port’s 300 th anniversary. Some of the activities include:
• A maritime-themed photo display in the lobby of the World Trade Center in Baltimore;
• The sale of commemorative license plates with the 300 th logo. Plates may be purchased by calling the Baltimore Maritime Exchange at (410) 342-6610 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org;
• The sale of a variety of 300 th anniversary commemorative merchandise including the Lithograph by Patrick Reid O'Brien
• A gala benefit in the Maryland Port Administration’s new South Locust Point cruise terminal to be held on May 25, 2006;
• Participation in Baltimore’s Waterfront Festival and Volvo Ocean Race in the Inner Harbor;
• Burying a time capsule;
• Bus tours of the Port’s Dundalk and Seagirt Marine Terminals;
• Producing a commemorative photo book and poster.
For more information on the 300 th anniversary and the events taking place throughout the year,the public can log onto www.marylandports.com or www.portofbaltimore300.org.