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For Immediate Release

August 9, 2012

Watermark Excursion Yacht, RAVEN, Welcomed to Baltimore in Grand Style
Event draws hospitality, tourism and elected officials to christening by Baltimore’s Mayor

BALTIMORE, MD – Under a resplendent afternoon sun, over 200 invited guests, including tourism, hospitality, maritime and elected officials gathered to enjoy the vessel christening and first ‘official’ look at Raven, Watermark’s newest excursion yacht. Greeted by potted ferns and a purple carpet visitors took in all 99-feet and two decks of this new ‘baby bird!’ Known for iconic images on the Chesapeake Bay, including Annapolis’ Harbor Queen– now celebrating her 40th birthday – Watermark married the height of classic form with the elegance and convenience of modern interiors and functionality with their newest addition at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.

“The naming and christening are traditionally performed by the vessel sponsor,” said Watermark president, Debbie Gosselin to guests. “The first known instance of a woman sponsoring a U.S. Navy Vessel was in 1827, and a woman sponsor, a.k.a., “Godmother,” quickly became the standard. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has graciously agreed to honor us, and this vessel, by performing as its official godmother and sponsor. We at Watermark certainly hope that the Godmother will check on her God-vessel regularly!”

Invited guests and Inner Harbor spectators witnessed the christening by Mayor Rawlings-Blake and invocation by The Right Reverend Eugene Taylor Sutton, Bishop of the Diocese of Maryland of the Episcopal Church.

“It is an honor to christen this beautiful new addition to our Inner Harbor fleet,” said Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. “The Raven is a great investment in Baltimore’s tourism economy, and will serve as ambassador to showcase one of our great assets: our Harbor.”

Several years ago, Baltimore requested an iconic vessel, with a connection to Baltimore’s truly significant maritime heritage and Watermark has delivered her to Baltimore.

“There is simply nothing like her on the Bay. We are proud to bring this grand vessel to the harbor as we continue our growth and investment in Baltimore,” said Debbie.

Watermark’s yacht, Catherine Marie, made an appearance for the festivities at the adjoining pier while guests dined on both boats throughout the evening. Classic Catering and Chefs Expressions, Raven’s preferred caterers, provided an array of seasonally inspired hors d’oeurves.

Inspired by the steamship lines from the 1900’s, and with her signature purple hull, RAVEN was designed for both luxurious private charters and stylish public cruises. She was built by Scarano Boat Builders in Albany, New York, who was chosen because of their expertise in creating modern classic yachts. She took 15 months to build. RAVEN’s climate controlled main deck is spacious with wood-trimmed windows and beam ceilings along with a bar and media wall. Her details include:

  • capacity for 149 seated guests
  • 99’ long, 28’ beam
  • deep purple hull
  • a ‘wave’ wall with Hi-Def widescreen TV
  • pebble textures with cherry-toned woodwork
  • luxuriously tiled bathrooms with superior appointments
  • a sunroof on the second deck and
  • spectacular view of the Baltimore Harbor and the Chesapeake Bay.

RAVEN is available throughout the year for private charters and will be docked at the Light Street Finger Piers at the Inner Harbor.