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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.

Lady Washington to Visit Ilwaco, Help Astoria Celebrate Film


Ilwaco


Astoria

Lady Washington has scheduled visits to Ilwaco, Wash., and Astoria, Ore., which includes the weekend the city of Astoria plans to celebrate the anniversary of the release of the movie The Goonies. The ship will stay at Ilwaco May 30 to June 1. She visits Astoria June 2-15. During her visits, the ship will host visitors for dockside tours and take guests on public excursions. Here’s the ship’s schedule of public availability:

Ilwaco (Port of Ilwaco, 165 Howerton Way, Ilwaco)
5/30-31: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., walk-on tours, $3 donation.
5/30-31: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Adventure Sail, $39-$47.

Astoria (East Basin Marina, E. Columbia River Highway & 36th St., Astoria)
6/3-5: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., walk-on tours, $3 donation.
6/6-7: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., walk-on tours, $3 donation.
6/6-7: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Adventure Sail, $39-$47.
6/6: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Evening Sail, $45.
6/13-14: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., walk-on tours, $3 donation.
6/13-14: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Adventure Sail, $39-$47.
6/13: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Evening Sail, $45.

On June 6-7, Lady Washington will act as a stand-in for the fictional pirate ship The Inferno, which appeared in the 1985 adventure comedy film The Goonies. Much of the film was shot in Astoria, and the community is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the film’s release with a variety of activities. For more information, visit www.thegoondocks.org.

Adventure Sails and Evening Sails are two-hour excursions featuring 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 for adults, $39 for children 12 and under. Evening Sail tickets are $45 all ages. Purchase tickets online or call 800-200-5239. Advance reservations are strongly recommended.

Walk-on tours are self-guided opportunities for visitors to explore Lady Washington and speak with her crew. A $3 donation per person is appreciated. No reservations are required.


Ilwaco


Astoria

Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain Stop in Newport, May 14-26

The brig Lady Washington, the official tall ship of the state of Washington, and her companion vessel, Hawaiian Chieftain, are stopping in Newport, Ore., May 14-26, 2015. The ships will arrive at the Port of Newport, 600 SE Bay Boulevard, Newport, and offer tours, excursions, and education programs for elementary school students. The ships will be open for visits on Memorial Day, May 25. Here’s the public schedule:

5/15: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., walk-on tours, $3 donation.
5/16-17: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., walk-on tours, $3 donation.
5/16-17: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Battle Sails, $39-$75.
5/16: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Evening Sail, $45.
5/17: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Adventure Sail, $39-$47.
5/19-22, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., walk-on tours, $3 donation.
5/20: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Evening Sail, $35.
5/23-25: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., walk-on tours, $3 donation.
5/23: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Evening Sail, $45.
5/24: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m, Adventure Sail, $39-$47.
5/23-25: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Battle Sails, $39-$75.

Both vessels are certified by the U.S. Coast Guard as passenger-carrying vessels and crewed by professional sailors and trained volunteers. Walk-on tours are self-guided visits of the ships hosted by crew in period costume. A $3 donation per person is appreciated.

Battle Sails are three-hour excursions recreating the look and feel of an 18th century naval skirmish with real gunpowder, real cannon, but no cannon balls. Tickets are $75 adults, $67 students/seniors/active military, $39 children 12 and under. Passengers in the two-hour, family-oriented Adventure Sail are invited to help the crew raise a sail, sing a sea shanty, and take the helm of a real tall ship, conditions permitting. Tickets are $47 adults, $39 children 12 and under. The value-priced Evening Sails offer programming similar to Adventure Sails. Evening Sail prices at $35 on May 20 and $45 on May 16 and May 23. Purchase tickets online or call 800-200-5239. Early reservations are strongly recommended.

Slots are still available for education programs designed for 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students. For more information, visit our Education Programs page, or call 800-200-5239.

Columbia River Voyage Announced for July and August, 2015

UPDATE: Tickets available now for public excursions. || The tall ships Lady Washington, the official ship of Washington State, and Hawaiian Chieftain, which accompanies Lady Washington on her voyages, are on schedule for a July 5 departure on a nearly eight-week tour of Columbia River ports this summer. The two vessels have scheduled educational programs, public sailing excursions, and public walk-on tours at most locations. 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 17-19: Hood River
August 22-23: Washougal
August 26: Cathlamet
August 28: Ilwaco

Tickets are now available online at our Public Sails Schedule for the ships’ popular Battle Sails, Adventure Sails, and Evening Sails. The three-hour Battle Sail features real cannon, real gunpowder, and 18th-century sailing maneuvers. Tickets are $75 adults, $67 for seniors (62+), students with ID, and active military, $39 for children 12 and under. Two-hour Adventure Sails and Evening Sails feature opportunities for guests to help raise a sail, sing a sea shanty, and take the helm of a real tall ship. Adventure Sail tickets are $47 adults, $39 for children 12 and under. Evening Sails are $35 Tuesday through Thursday, $45 Friday and Saturday. Call 800-200-5239 to purchase by phone. A telephone order fee will apply.

Tickets are also 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.

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Request for Proposal — Communications and Brand Update

Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority has published a Request for Proposal concerning a planned Communications and Brand Update. GHHSA has not upgraded its brand in a comprehensive way since the early 1990s. In March 2015, GHHSA accepted a comprehensive, grant-funded communications and brand audit by Westring and Associates. This RFP concerns implementation of most, if not all, of the recommendations in the Westring audit as they apply to tangible products, such as the company name, logo(s), brochures, email templates, a website, and related materials. The project’s goals include additional solutions, such as an online reservation system for the company’s one-hour and three-hour education charters. See the full RFP posting, or download a PDF version.