During the second half of the 19th century the North Pole became the ultimate goal of polar research and various nations stepped up to organize expeditions to reach 90-degree North. After expeditions like the First and Second German North Polar Expedition failed to reach this goal, it was the US to give it another try.
There is a very special visitor at the Washington Navy Yard this week: the topsail schooner Pride of Baltimore II. The schooner is a replica of a War of 1812 era privateer. In this photo, Pride of Baltimore II is tied up alongside the Washington Riverwalk Trail. Nearby is the destroyer Display Ship Barry. At