Star-Spangled Banner Buoy placed to mark the site of Francis Scott Key writing National Anthem

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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, June 15, 2020. The buoy sits between the Francis Scott Key Bridge and Fort McHenry to mark the approximate location where Key wrote the National Anthem.
(U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Tara Molle)

Maj. Kyle Key, a descendent of Francis Scott Key, visited Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Team Baltimore, Nov. 23, 2015, to make a trip to the Francis Scott Key Buoy. The Francis Scott Key Buoy is set to symbolically mark the location where the ship carrying Francis Scott Key, the author of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” was anchored during the bombardment of Fort McHenry in 1814. The US. Coast Guard video by Petty Officer 2nd Class David Marin/Released

Fort McHenry at Baltimore. THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo
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