Two tall ships that make regular visits to southern California have scheduled their first stop in their 2015-2016 tour at Rainbow Harbor in Long Beach. The brig Lady Washington and the topsail ketch Hawaiian Chieftain arrive on Dec. 9 and stay through Dec. 14. Lady Washington has scheduled a second visit to Long Beach Jan. 6-13, 2016. Both ships will offer public tours, ticketed excursions, including popular Battle Sails, and educational programs. Here’s the ships’ public schedule.
December 9-14, 2015 (Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain)
12/10-11: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., walk-on tours, $3 per person donation.
12/12-13: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., walk-on tours, $3 per person donation.
12/12-13: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Battle Sails, $39-$75.
12/13: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Adventure Sail, $39-$47.
January 6-13, 2016 (Lady Washington only)
1/7-8: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., walk-on tours, $3 per person donation.
1/9-10: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., walk-on tours, $3 per person donation.
1/9-10: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Adventure Sails, $39-$47.
1/12-13: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., walk-on tours, $3 per person donation.
Battle Sails, the ships’ most popular activity, include a re-creation of a typical naval skirmish between two tall ships. The three-hour experience features booming cannon firing real gunpowder, 18th century naval maneuvers, and verbal taunting of adversaries. Tickets are $75 adults, $67 students/seniors/active military, and $39 for children 12/under. Two-hour Adventure Sails feature a chance to experience life aboard an 18th century sailing vessel traveling on the California coast. Guests can help raise a sail, learn a sea shanty, or take the helm, conditions permitting. Tickets are $47 adults, $39 children 12/under.
Tickets for all sailings are available for online purchase or by calling 800-200-5239 during business hours. Seating is limited.
The Historical Seaport has holiday gift certificates available for Lady Washington’s return trip to Long Beach in January. The certificates may be used for purchasing tickets or gift shop items. Certificates are available at the online Seaport Store, www.seaportstore.com, or by calling 800-200-5239.