June 15, 2020 - The Crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter James Rankin, homeported in Baltimore, set the Francis Scott Key memorial buoy in the Patapsco River. The buoy sits between the Francis Scott Key Bridge and Fort McHenry to mark the spot where the ship carrying Key was anchored in 1814 as Fort McHenry was bombarded and Key wrote the National Anthem.
The British captured Washington, D.C. on August 24, 1814, and took prominent physician Dr. William Beanes prisoner. Key, a well-known lawyer in the region, was sent to assist in getting Dr. Beanes released.
U.S. Coast Guard video by Petty Officer 1st Class Tara Molle