Lady Washington Begins California Tour in Oakland October 10

The brig Lady Washington, which has appeared in several Hollywood motion pictures and television shows, begins its annual tour of California ports with an extended stop on the Oakland waterfront. The 112-foot wooden ship will call on Jack London Square October 10-19 after a scheduled week-long voyage from its home port of Grays Harbor, Wash. The ship will offer public tours, K-12 educational programs, and public excursions. Here’s the ship’s schedule in Oakland.

10/11-12: 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Blue Angels Sail, $75.
10/14-17: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., walk-on tours, $3 donation.
10/18-19: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., walk-on tours, $3 donation.
10/18-19: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Adventure Sail, $43.

Adventure Sails are family-oriented experiences with opportunities for guests to help raise a sail, learn a sea shanty, and take the helm of a real tall ship, conditions permitting. The Blue Angels Adventure Sail takes guests into San Francisco Bay to view the Fleet Week performance of the U.S. Navy Blue Angels aerobatics team. Buy tickets online or call 800-200-5239.

Lady Washington is also accepting bookings for K-12 education programs during her stay in Oakland. Public schools designated Title I by the U.S. Department of Education are eligible for significant discounts on one-hour dockside and three-hour sailing programs. For information, educators should contact Roxie Underwood, 800-200-5239,

After Oakland, Lady Washington will visit San Francisco’s Pier 40 October 20 to November 5.

Launched in 1989, Lady Washington has appeared in several movies, including the 1994 Star Trek: Generations and the 2003 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. The ship has also appeared in the television series Once Upon A Time and Revolution.

Hawaiian Chieftain Sails to Sacramento A Month Early

Due to high demand for its educational programs, the tall ship Hawaiian Chieftain, a regular visitor to Old Sacramento in the fall, has arrived nearly one month earlier than usual. A growing number of bookings by Sacramento-area public and private schools led to a decision to bring the tall ship to Sacramento in mid-September, rather than the usual mid-October date. The ship is berthed at the floating dock at Front Street and “L” Street, just above the Tower Bridge.

The 103-foot vessel has a few slots remaining for one-hour and three-hour living history educational programs for K-12 students in public schools, private schools, and home-school settings. Youth service groups may also book in advance. Friendly and knowledgeable deckhand/educators engage students at three learning stations: “Life of a Sailor” on the bow, “Life of an Officer” on the aft deck, and “Early Trade” below deck.

Schools designated Title I, that is, with 40 percent or more students receiving free or reduced-price lunch, may be eligible for significant discounts on program costs. For details, visit the Education Progams page or call 800-200-5239.

The ship will also open to the public for walk-on tours Tuesdays through Friday, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. A $3 donation per person is appreciated. No reservations are required. The ship will be closed Thanksgiving.

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: Oceanside, Calif. (Hawaiian Chieftain only)
Feb. 5-16: Oxnard, Calif. (Lady Washington only)
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.

GHHSA Announces Project Manager Position in Aberdeen

Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority invites qualified candidates to apply for the position of Project Manager. The Project Manager will coordinate a three-year effort to upgrade and produce new training materials and curricula for ships’ crews, teachers and students. GHHSA will accept applications through October 10, 2014 or until the position is filled. For more details and application instructions, please download the Project Manager Announcement (PDF). More information about other open positions at the Historical Seaport is available on the Jobs page.