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‘Church on the water’ reaches Baltimore’s Inner Harbor

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The Gospel ship
Baltimore's Breakwater Church, which meets in the Inner harbor on the Dutchess of Pintail cruise ship, is the city's first "church ship" in 150 years. "Our everyday goal is to show people the love of Christ in practical ways," said church planter Jay Martin. Photo by Stephen Draper
BALTIMORE (BP)--Church planters Jay Martin and Larry Baker didn't plan to make history when they held their first worship service aboard the Duchess of Pintail in Baltimore's Inner Harbor. They were looking for rental space for their new church, Breakwater, when they felt drawn to the docked cruise boat and unwittingly entered history.
      The last time a Baltimore church met on a harbor ship was 1852. On August 10, 2003, the Baltimore press heralded Breakwater's launch service as the return of the "Church Ship" after 150 years of absence.