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The Port that Built A City & State: Baltimore's Historic Maritime Television Series
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The Port that Built A City & State: Baltimore's Historic Maritime Television Series
     Since 1706 ships from around the world have made Baltimore their port of call. Vital to the economic development of Maryland and beyond, shipbuilding, immigration, imports and exports, ranging from spices to power tools, have all been part of the Port’s 300 year history.

     As WWII came to a conclusion, the Baltimore Sun sent a young female journalist to cover the warships returning home. Helen Delich Bentley became immersed in a world of mariners, longshoremen and entrepreneurs where she discovered a never -ending source of stories. In 1950 she proposed a series to Baltimore’s first TV station, WMAR, that became “The Port that Built a City and State.” For 15 years, she took Marylanders behind the scenes, on tugboats and skipjacks, into Bethlehem Steel and Glenn L. Martin Company, through the maze of businesses ringing the waterfront. Her cameras covered the Constellation, the Old Bay Line and B&O Railroad and made Sunday afternoon celebrities out of union leaders, CEO’s, politicians and blue collar workers.

     The shows’ creator would go on to become a leading maritime expert, Chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission and a Congresswoman from Maryland. During the Tricentennial Celebration in 2006, the Port was renamed The Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore.

     This special 60th Anniversary DVD set features programs and highlights from the series that have not been seen since 1965. They are part of a collection of hundreds of 16mm films in the archives at the Baltimore Museum of Industry.