US ready to sail-abrate.
The start of a two-year programme of events commemorating the conflict with Britain, which gave the US its national anthem, will feature navy displays, firework and air shows.
Dozens of international and US Navy ships will descend on Baltimore harbour between June 13-19.
On the 16th the US navy's Blue Angels display team will take to the air above the waters of Fort McHenry, where a battle in 1814 inspired lawyer Francis Scott Key to pen a poem starting: "O! say can you see by the dawn's early light..."
WARSHIP n Pride of Baltimore II