The goodwill ambassador from Maryland and clipper schooner Pride of Baltimore II sailed into Hong Kong waters as part of its Asia with Pride 1998 Tour, 173 years years after the visit from its predecessor, Chasseur. The year-long tour will take the vessel to ports it has never visited in China, Taiwan, South Korea and Japan, promoting stronger links between Maryland in the United States and its international trading partners. Chasseur made a trade mission to these waters, visiting Canton in 1815 and trading in tea and silk. But unlike Chasseur, the trip for Pride II has an educational and economic development mission. For the educational component, a teacher travelling with the crew stays in communication with Maryland students and all who access the Pride of Baltimore II Internet Web site. Pride II also acts as an economic development vehicle for many Maryland agencies and businesses, offering opportunities to meet and entertain trading partners at global ports. One such relationship is between the Port of Baltimore and the Port of Hong Kong, as both are closely tied through mutual customers and shipping lines, including Orient Overseas Container Line, based in the SAR. While the Pride of Baltimore II is serving as an instigator of trade relations during its Asian tour, in Hong Kong it is more widely recognised for its debut in the Steven Spielberg movie, Amistad.