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.
The 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.