The morning of Saturday, 30 April 2016 had not yet dawned on Annapolis when signs of activity could be seen at the seawall at the U.S. Naval Academy. Guests and instructors chatted by their cars as midshipmen trickled over from their rooms in Bancroft Hall. All the while the crews of the replica War of 1812 Chesapeake privateers Lynx and Pride of Baltimore II made ready to get under way.
Lieutenant Commander Claude Berube, USNR, director of the U.S. Naval Academy Museum, paraphrased Captain Marko Ramius in The Hunt for Red October as he addressed the group before embarkation, saying, “Today we sail into history.” And indeed the group did just that in more than one sense, for this voyage was the inaugural cruise of the Schoolhouse at Sea.