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Oakland’s Jack London Square Hosts Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain

Two regular tall ship visitors return to Oakland’s Jack London Square next month to meet extra demand for the vessels’ popular hands-on living history education programs for elementary school students. The topsail ketch Hawaiian Chieftain arrives Friday, February 6. The brig Lady Washington pulls into her berth Friday, February 20. Hawaiian Chieftain was originally scheduled to sail into Oakland on February 20, but changed her schedule at the request of Bay Area teachers and schools.

Both ships are offering one-hour dockside and three-hour sailing programs for 4th, 5th, and 6th graders, although students in all grades K-12 benefit from the programs. Students board the ships and learn basic navigation, oceanography, and they study the lives of 18th century sailors at three learning stations: Life of a Sailor, Life of an Officer, and Early Trade. Students participate in several hands-on activities, including hoisting a sail and learning a sailor’s work song.

Jack London Square logoThe ships will also open for ticketed weekend excursions, including Battle Sails and Adventure Sails. Battle Sails feature cannon fire with real cannon and real gunpowder, but no cannon balls. Adventure Sails are family-oriented experiences with opportunities to raise a sail, learn a sea shanty, and take the helm of a real tall ship, conditions permitting. Ticket prices range from $39 to $75. For a detailed schedule, visit the Historical Seaport Public Sail Schedule. Tickets may be purchased online or by calling 800-200-5239.

Walk-on tours are self-guided opportunities to learn more about Lady Washington and her travels. A $3 donation per person is appreciated. No reservations are required.

Lady Washington to stop at Oxnard, Calif., February 5-16

Lady Washington will stop at Channel Islands Harbor, 3900 Pelican Way, Oxnard February 5-16. The vessel, which has appeared in numerous movies and TV shows, including Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, will open for public tours and take passengers on two-hour excursions. The ship will also welcome visitors on Monday, February 16 to celebrate the Presidents Day holiday. Here’s the ship’s public schedule:

2/6: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., walk-on tours, $3 donation.
2/7-8: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., walk-on tours, $3 donation.
2/7-8: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Adventure Sail, $39-$47.
2/10-13: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., walk-on tours, $3 donation.
2/14-16: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., walk-on tours, $3 donation.
2/14-16: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Adventure Sail, $39-$47.

Adventure Sails are family-oriented experiences that feature opportunities for guests to help raise a sail, learn a sea shanty, and take the helm of a real tall ship, conditions permitting. Tickets are $47 adults and $39 for children 12 and under. Purchase tickets online or call 800-200-5239.

Walk-on tours are self-guided opportunities to learn more about Lady Washington and her travels. A $3 donation per person is appreciated. No reservations are required.

Lady Washington is also taking reservations from schools, home-school groups, and service organizations for one-hour and three-hour educational programs that focus on the early exploration of the California coast. The programs feature three learning stations: Life of a Sailor, Life of an Officer, and Early Trade. The programs are designed for students in grade 4-6, though students of all ages are welcome. For information, contact Roxie Underwood, runderwood@historicalseaport.org, 800-200-5239.

Columbia River Voyage Announced for July and August, 2015

Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain have announced an extended voyage on the Columbia River in July and August, 2015. The two vessels will visit 11 ports and offer educational programs, public sailing excursions, and public walk-on tours at most locations. Lady Washington is the official ship of Washington state, and Hawaiian Chieftain accompanies her on her voyages. The last extended trip on the Columbia River was in 2013. Here’s the list of 2015 stops with public availability.

July 5: Depart Aberdeen
July 10-12: Kalama
July 16-20: Stevenson
July 22-23: Hood River
July 25-27: The Dalles
July 31-August 10: Pasco
August 13-14: Arlington
August 23-24: Rainier
August 26: Cathlamet
August 28: Ilwaco

Specific dates and times for tours and public excursions, including the ships’ popular Battle Sails, will be announced in the spring. The ships are also working with local organizations on charters and special events. For information on chartering Lady Washington and/or Hawaiian Chieftain, visit the Charters page or call 800-200-5239.

Tickets are now available for Passages, the port-to-port daytime transits made by each vessel as they make their way up or down-river. Details and online purchasing is available on the Public Sail Schedule of the ships’ website or call 800-200-5239.

Launched in 1989 in celebration of Washington state’s centennial, Lady Washington is a wooden replica of one of the first U.S.-flagged vessels to visit the west coast of North America. Among her commanders was Robert Gray, who later discovered and named the mouth of the Columbia River. The modern replica sails to more than 40 ports a year delivering hands-on living history education programs to K-12 students and the general public. Hawaiian Chieftain is a steel-hulled interpretation of a typical 19th century coastal trader built in Hawaii in 1988.

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Tall Ships in Ventura, Calif. for Excursions and Public Tours

NEW! Lady Washington has added an Adventure Sail 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 31. Tickets on sale now. || The tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain have returned to Ventura Harbor Village in Ventura for a stay through February 4. Lady Washington is a wooden replica of one of the first U.S.-flagged vessels to explore the west coast of North America. Hawaiian Chieftain is a steel-hulled interpretation of a typical early 19th century coast trader. The vessels will offer walk-on tours, K-12 programs, and ticketed excursions during their visit. Here’s the ships’ public schedule:

1/14-16: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., walk-on tours, $3 donation.
1/17-19: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., walk-on tours, $3 donation.
1/17-18: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Battle Sails, $39-$75.
1/18: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Adventure Sail (Lady Washington only), $39-$47.
1/19: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Adventure Sail (Lady Washington only), $39-$47.
1/21-23: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., walk-on tours, $3 donation.
1/24-25: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., walk-on tours, $3 donation.
1/24-25: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Battle Sails, $39-$75.
1/25: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Adventure Sail (Lady Washington only), $39-$47.
1/28-30: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., walk-on tours, $3 donation.
1/31-2/1: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., walk-on tours, $3 donation.
1/31: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Adventure Sail, $39-$47.
1/31-2/1: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Battle Sails, $39-$75.
2/1: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Adventure Sail (Lady Washington only), $39-$47.
2/3-4: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., walk-on tours, $3 donation per person requested.

Battle Sails are recreation of a typical 18th century naval skirmish, featuring real cannon, real gunpowder, but no cannon balls. Tickets for the Battle Sail are $75 adults, $67 students/seniors/active military, $39 children 12/under. Adventure Sails offer a chance for guests to experience the thrill of sailing aboard a real tall ship, including sea shanties, an opportunity to help raise a sail, and a chance to take the helm, conditions permitting. Tickets are $47 adults, $39 children 12/under. Tickets for excursions may be purchased online or by calling 800-200-5239.

Walk-on tours are self-guided opportunities to learn more about the tall ships and their travels. A $3 donation per person is appreciated. No reservations are required.

For information on scheduling K-12 educational programs, visit our Education Programs page or call Roxie Underwood, 800-200-5239.

January to June 2015 Tall Ships Sailing Schedule Announced

Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority has announced Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain’s January to June 2015 schedule. The vessels will visit 15 ports in California, Oregon, and Washington before returning to their home port of Seaport Landing in Aberdeen, Wash. At each stop, Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain will offer public tours, public sailing excursions, and hands-on living history educational programs for K-12 students. Here is the list of ports and dates:

Jan. 1-12: Long Beach, Calif.
Jan. 13 – Feb. 4: Ventura, Calif.
Feb. 5-16: Oxnard, Calif.
Feb. 20 – March 4: Oakland, Calif.
March 5-11: San Francisco
March 12-30: Sausalito, Calif.
March 31 – April 13: Redwood City, Calif.
April 17-22: Eureka, Calif.
April 23-27: Crescent City, Calif.
April 30 – May 12: Coos Bay, Ore.
May 14-26: Newport, Ore.
May 29 – June 1: Ilwaco, Wash.
June 2-15: Astoria, Ore.
June 17-21: Westport, Wash.
June 22 – July 5: Aberdeen, Wash.

People interested in adventure travel experiences may purchase tickets for some port-to-port transits of Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain. For information, visit our Passages page or call 800-200-5239.

Built in 1989, the wooden-hulled Lady Washington is the official ship of Washington state. The vessel has appeared in several film and TV productions, such as recent episodes of “Once Upon A Time” and “Revolution.” Hawaiian Chieftain, a steel-hulled topsail ketch launched in 1988, travels with Lady Washington delivering education programs to K-12 students in public schools, private schools, and in home-school groups. Information about education program is available by calling 800-200-5239 or visit the Education Programs page.

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