Wash. State’s Official Ship Sailing to Kirkland’s Carillon Point

Lady Washington, Washington state’s official tall ship, is at Carillon Point Marina in Kirkland through September 8 offering walk-on tours, public sailing excursions, and educational programs for 4th, 5th, and 6th graders. The ship will be joined by the Hawaiian Chieftain, which accompanies Lady Washington on her voyages on September 4. Here’s the public schedule for the ships:

9/4: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., walk-on tours, $3 per person donation.
9/4: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Evening Sail, $45.
9/5-7: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., walk-on tours, $3 per person donation.
9/5-7: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Battle Sail, $39-$75.
9/5: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Evening Sail, $45.
9/6: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Adventure Sail, $39-$47.

A Battle Sail is a three-hour excursion featuring cannon fire between two tall ships recreating the look and feel of an 18th century naval skirmish. The ships fire real cannon with real gunpowder, but no cannon balls. Guests aboard each ship are invited to verbally taunt their adversaries. Tickets are $75 adults, $67 students/seniors/active military, $39 children 12 and under. Adventure Sails and Evening Sails, are two-hour family-oriented excursions with opportunities for guests to help raise a sail, learn a sea shanty, and take the helm of a real tall ship, conditions permitting. Adventure Sail tickets are $47 adults, $39 children 12 and under. Tickets for the Evening Sails are $45 all ages.

Early reservations for all excursions are strongly recommended. Purchase online or call 800-200-5239 during business hours.

Ports of Call for Fall 2015 California Tour Announced

Lady Washington, the official tall ship of Washington State, and Hawaiian Chieftain have announced ports of call for Fall 2015. The ships tour more than a dozen California ports from September through April. The vessels offer hands-on historical education programs for 4th, 5th, and 6th graders, ticketed excursions on the weekends, and tours while the ships are docked.

Here’s Lady Washington’s ports of call through January 4, 2016.
10/9-13: Oakland
10/14-26: Antioch
10/28-11/9: Half Moon Bay
11/10-30. Moss Landing
12/1-7: Morro Bay
12/9-14: Long Beach (with Hawaiian Chieftain)
12/16-1/4/2016: San Diego (with Hawaiian Chieftain)

These are Hawaiian Chieftain’s ports of call through January 4, 2016.
9/18-19: Oakland
9/21-12/4: Sacramento
12/9-14: Long Beach (with Lady Washington)
12/16-1/4/2016: San Diego (with Lady Washington)

Tickets are available now for most Passages, a one-way extended tall ship experience, similar to 18th-century travelers. For pricing and availability, visit the Historical Seaport Passages page. Tickets for two-hour and three-hour excursions are expected to go on sale in September. Educators and home-school groups can learn more about reserving space for education programs by contacting the Historical Seaport at 800-200-5239. or visiting the Historical Seaport’s Education Programs page.

Historical Seaport Awarded $185,000 Small Boat Facilities Grant

Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority has been awarded a $185,000 state grant to fund completion of the engineering, design work, and permitting for small boat facilities at Seaport Landing. The facilities are expected to include a boat ramp, two loading docks, transient moorage, and upland support facilities. The funds were awarded by the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office through its Boating Facilities Program in the recently passed 2015-2017 state operating budget.

The entire project funded by the grant is projected to cost $251,000. The balance of the cost will be matched by GHHSA. Forterra, a Seattle-based environmental consulting firm, assisted the Historical Seaport with the grant application. The grant award does not include funds for construction of the facilities.

Seaport Landing is a former Weyerhaeuser sawmill property in south Aberdeen on the Chehalis River. GHHSA acquired the 38-acre property in 2013.

The Boating Facilities Program was created in 1964 when Washington voters passed Initiative 215, agreeing to tax themselves to provide money to improve the state’s boating facilities. Funding comes from a portion of the gasoline tax paid by boaters. The program pays for projects that acquire, develop, and renovate facilities for motorized boats and other watercraft, including launching ramps, guest moorage, and support facilities.

Seaport Landing Receives $1 Million State Grant

The state budget passed by the Washington Legislature this week contains $1 million for rehabilitation work at Seaport Landing. Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority applied for the money in the state’s Heritage Capital Projects Fund, and the project was included in the 2015-2017 state operating budget signed by Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday. GHHSA owns and operates Seaport Landing.

Under the terms of the grant, the Historical Seaport is required to raise $2 million in matching funds before receiving the state money. The funds will be used to rehabilitate Building 8, one of several buildings at the former Weyerhaeuser Sawmill site in south Aberdeen, now called Seaport Landing. GHHSA purchased the property from Weyerhaeuser in 2013.

The Heritage Capital Projects Fund is a competitive grant program authorized by the Legislature in 1995. HCPF supports capital needs and facilities of heritage organizations, tribal governments, public development authorities, and local government agencies that interpret and preserve Washington’s history and heritage.

Help Keep Hawaiian Chieftain Afloat for Years to Come!

Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority is working on a major upgrade to Hawaiian Chieftain that will allow her to take thousands of school children on educational field trips, and will allow her to keep training the future of our maritime-based work force. Donate now via Paypal or credit card. You can also watch the fundraising video produced by the Hawaiian Chieftain’s crew.

This project is our first stepping stone into making the Hawaiian Chieftain a 21st-century sailing vessel and will lead to a complete electrical and engineering system overhaul over the next several years. As always, we are looking to improve safety and sustain the Hawaiian Chieftain for many more years to come. This project includes:

  • Re-ballast: Acquire and install lead ingots to give us a smoother ride through ocean swells
  • Fly-by-wire: Replace our aging hynautic system with electronic engine controls
  • Heat exchangers
  • Wet exhaust
  • New generators
  • Water tank upgrade
  • AIS system

In the past five years we have had more than 42,000 school children participate in our education program up and down the entire West Coast. We hope to have ten times that amount in the upcoming years and continue training individuals who want to sail a tall ship. Your support of our programs and our vessels makes all of this possible.

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Capt. Eamon Kennedy pitches for funds to support Hawaiian Chieftain. Click the image to watch the fundraising video.