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Two-Week Tall Ship Visit to Bellingham Features New Mid-Week Cannon Battles


Bellingham (Squalicum Harbor Marina) July 19 to August 3, 2016

Mid-week, discounted Battle Sails are a new addition to a planned two-week visit next month by Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain to Squalicum Harbor Marina in Bellingham. Both ships will sail into Bellingham Bay July 19 and stay through August 3, offering cannon battles, adventure excursions, and walk-on tours. Lady Washington is the official ship of the state of Washington. The vessel and her companion Hawaiian Chieftain are US Coast Guard-inspected passenger vessels on a regular tour of western Washington ports.

The discounted weekday Battle Sails are scheduled for 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. July 20, July 27, and August 3. The excursions feature two ships re-creating a typical 18th century naval skirmish with real cannon, real gunpowder, but no cannon balls. Guests are encouraged to verbally taunt their adversaries. Tickets are $65 adults, $57 students/seniors/active military, $29 children 12/under. The prices are $10 off the weekend price for each level.

Cannon battles are also scheduled for 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays during the visit. Weekend prices are $75 adults, $67 students/seniors/active military, $39 children 12/under.

The ships are also offering a 15 percent discount on purchases of four or more tickets online for the Battle Sails and the single-boat, three-hour Adventure Sails aboard Lady Washington or Hawaiian Chieftain. The 15 percent discount is not available for phone or walk-up orders.

Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain have also scheduled two-hour Evening Sails 6 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday. Tickets are $35 all ages on Wednesday and Thursday, $45 all ages Friday and Saturday.

A full sailing schedule and a schedule for walk-on tours is available on the Public Sail Schedule. Purchase tickets online or call 800-200-5239 Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

New Value-Priced Cannon Battle Highlights Visit to Port Ludlow

Lady Washington, the official ship of the state of Washington, and Hawaiian Chieftain will visit Port Ludlow July 8-18 and offer public tours and excursions from the Port Ludlow Marina. Both ships are US Coast Guard-inspected passenger vessels that are visiting several ports in the Puget Sound region this summer. The last visit to Port Ludlow by the ships was in 2014.

As well as the ships’ signature weekend and evening sailing excursions, Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain are offering a new, value-priced weekday cannon battle in Port Ludlow. Scheduled for 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, July 13, Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain will recreate a typical 18th century naval skirmish using real cannon and real gunpowder, but no cannon balls. Tickets are $65 adults, $57 students/seniors/active military, and $29 children 12/under.

Battle Sails are also scheduled for 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, July 9 and Sunday, July 10. Regular prices are $75/$67/$39.

The ships are also offering a 15 percent discount on purchases of four or more tickets online for the Battle Sails and the Adventure Sails aboard Lady Washington 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 16 and Sunday, July 17. The 15 percent discount is not available for phone or walk-up orders.

Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain have also scheduled Evening Sails 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, July 13 and Friday, July 15. The Wednesday Evening Sail is priced at $35 all ages. The Friday Evening Sail is priced at $45 all ages.

A full sailing schedule and a schedule for walk-on tours is available on the Public Sail Schedule. Purchase tickets online or call 800-200-5239 Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Music Lineup for SPLASH at Seaport Landing Announced

The Historical Seaport has announced the music lineup for SPLASH at Seaport Landing, the evening portion of the annual SPLASH celebration on Independence Day in Aberdeen. In 2016, SPLASH will be divided into two sections, one on the north side of the river, and one on the south side.


KAYO-FM radio advertisement for SPLASH

Here are the bands scheduled to perform at Seaport Landing.

5 p.m. to 6 p.m: All In — The dynamic trio All In is known for its strong vocals, catchy original tunes, and its own twist on covers.
6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m: Catch of the Day — The Westport-based band Catch of the Day weaves its love of the blues with rock, country, a little pop, and a dash of originals.
8 p.m. to 9 p.m: Electric Eye — The cover band Electric Eye, melting faces since 2007, takes good songs and converts them into loud garage band rock.
9:30 p.m. to 11 p.m: Vaughn Johannes — Spiced with original songs, Vaughn Johannes’ set includes classic rock, country, and 90s grunge, including Nirvana.

Aberdeen_City_Logo_ColorEarlier this year, Grays Harbor Historical Seaport and Aberdeen Parks and Recreation announced a joint effort to expand the annual Aberdeen SPLASH celebration. Since 1997, the City of Aberdeen has organized the annual family festival at Morrison Riverfront Park on July 4, including a popular fireworks show. In 2013, after acquiring the former Weyerhaeuser sawmill property across the Chehalis River from the park, the Historical Seaport opened the pier to families who wanted to watch the fireworks from the river’s south bank. This year, Aberdeen’s parks department and the Historical Seaport are teaming up to create a new kind of experience for Aberdeen residents and visitors.

SPLASH will open at noon on July 4 at Morrison Riverfront Park and feature activities for kids, entertainment, food, and vendors until 5 p.m. At 5 p.m., gates will open at Seaport Landing, 500 N. Custer St., the former main entrance to the old sawmill. Cars and pedestrians will be allowed onto the Seaport Landing pier to watch the fireworks, scheduled for 10 p.m. (The public can still view the fireworks from Morrison Park.) Admission to SPLASH on both sides of the river will be free. Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain are expected to open for visits during SPLASH.

SPLASH sponsors: FIVE STAR Dealerships, The City of Aberdeen, Grays Harbor Historical Seaport, Pasha Automotive Services, Aberdeen Rotary Club, Grays Harbor County Tourism, Grays Harbor Radio, Jodesha Broadcasting, Walmart, McDonald’s, Harbor Pacific, Dennis Company, Westport Shipyard LLC, LeMay Enterprises, Extreme Fun Center, All That Glitters, Harbor Battery, Admiral Ship Supply.

All In
All In

Electric Eye
Electric Eye

Grays Harbor Tall Ships Return Home for Events, Maintenance


Aberdeen (Seaport Landing), June 8-23, 2016; June 28-July 5, 2016

Lady Washington, the official ship of Washington State, and Hawaiian Chieftain return to Grays Harbor in June and July for nearly a month of public activities and routine maintenance. The ships are scheduled to arrive at their home port of Seaport Landing in Aberdeen on June 8. Lady Washington has scheduled thank-you events for long-time supporters, as well as public sails, tours, and an appearance in Westport. Here’s Lady Washington’s public schedule:

Aberdeen (Seaport Landing)
6/9-10: Walk-on tours, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., $3 donation.
6/11: Membership Appreciation Sail and Dinner, 3 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
6/12: Walk-on tours, noon to 3 p.m., $3 donation.
6/12: Adventure Sail, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., $39-$47.
6/18-19: Walk-on tours, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., $3 donation.
6/18-19: Adventure Sail, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., $39-$47.
6/21: Walk-on tours, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., $3 donation.

Westport (Rusty Scupper Pirate Daze)
6/24: Walk-on tours, noon to 5 p.m., $3 donation.
6/24: Evening Sail, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., $45.
6/25-26: Walk-on tours, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., $3 donation.
6/25-26: Adventure Sail, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., $39-$47.
6/25: Evening Sail, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., $45.

Aberdeen (Seaport Landing)
6/30-7/1: Walk-on tours, noon to 5 p.m., $3 donation.
7/2: Walk-on tours, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., $3 donation.
7/2: Adventure Sail, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., $39-$47.
7/3: Walk-on tours, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., $3 donation.
7/4: SPLASH Fireworks Sail, 9 p.m. to midnight, $75.

New this year is a 15 percent per ticket discount on Adventure Sails. The discount is applied to purchases of four or more tickets online only. The discount is not available on phone orders or walk-up purchases. To buy tickets, visit the Public Sail Schedule or call 800-200-5239. A ticket is not required for walk-on tours.

On June 11, Hawaiian Chieftain will go into an extended maintenance period. She is scheduled to open for tours over the Independence Day weekend and during the July 4 SPLASH festival.


Aberdeen, Wash. (Seaport Landing)

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