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Tall Ships Partner With Foss Waterway Seaport Museum on August Stopover

The tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain have partnered with Foss Waterway Seaport to bring the ships to the museum August 18-23. The museum is located at 705 Dock Street in Tacoma. The ships will offer free dockside tours with paid admission to the museum, as well as exciting cannon battles and sailing excursions. The visit anticipates the 2017 Festival of Sail in Tacoma, scheduled for June 15-18, 2017 in the Thea Foss Waterway.

Lady Washington was designated by the Legislature as Washington State’s official ship in 2007. She acts as a tall ship ambassador for the state and Grays Harbor County, visiting as many as 40 west coast ports a year. Hawaiian Chieftain specializes in K-12 education programs. Both vessels are U.S. Coast Guard-inspected passenger vessels that offer educational programs in Washington, Oregon and California. Here’s the ships’ public schedule in Tacoma.

Friday, August 19
Tours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Free with paid museum admission)
Evening Sail: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. ($54)
Saturday, August 20
Tours: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Free with paid museum admission)
Battle Sail: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. ($72/$62/$34)
Evening Sail: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. ($54)
Sunday, August 21
Tours: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Free with paid museum admission)
Battle Sail: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. ($72/$62/$34)
Evening Sail: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. ($54)
Monday, August 22
Ships closed
Tuesday, August 23
Tours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Free with paid museum admission)

Battle Sails are recreations of a typical 18th century naval skirmish with real cannon, real gunpowder, but no cannon balls. Tickets are $72 adults, $62 students/seniors (62+)/active military, $34 children 12 and under. Family-oriented Evening Sails feature opportunities to help raise a sail, learn a sea shanty, and hear maritime stories. Evenings Sail tickets are $54 all ages. All excursion tickets include admission to the museum. To purchase sailing tickets, visit the Public Sail Schedule or call 800-200-5239.

For information on museum hours and admission, visit the Foss Waterway Seaport Museum website or call 253-272-2750.

Brownsville Marina to Welcome Hawaiian Chieftain for First Time Since 2013

Update: Walk-on tours have been added to August 9 and August 11, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. both days. || The topsail ketch Hawaiian Chieftain will visit the Brownsville Marina August 8-11, the first such visit by the large sailing vessel to the community since 2013. The ship will offer excursions all three days and tours on August 10. Hawaiian Chieftain is a US Coast Guard-inspected passenger vessel that specializes in educational programs for K-12 students. She is on a summer-long sailing tour of Puget Sound ports. Here’s her public schedule:

8/9
Tours: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. ($5 donation)
Evening Sail: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. ($35)
8/10
Tours: Noon to 5 p.m. ($5 donation)
Evening Sail: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. ($35)
8/11
Tours: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. ($5 donation)
Evening Sail: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. ($35)

Walk-on tours are an opportunity for visitors to learn more about the ship and speak to her crew. A ticket is not required for admission. A $5 per person donation is appreciated.

Two-hour, family-oriented Evening Sails feature opportunities to help raise a sail, learn a sea shanty, and hear maritime stories. To purchase sailing tickets, visit the Public Sail Schedule page or call 800-200-5239.

Hawaiian Chieftain travels with the brig Lady Washington during much of the year. Lady Washington will be in British Columbia waters on a special charter during Hawaiian Chieftain’s visit to Brownsville.

Tall Ships To Visit Blaine During Drayton Harbor Days


Blaine, Wash., August 4-8, 2016.

The Drayton Harbor Festival, Blaine’s annual maritime celebration, will host the tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain at Drayton Harbor Marina. The ships are scheduled to arrive August 4, and they’ll offer tours and sailing excursions over the festival weekend. New this year are special discounts for popular Battle Sails and the Sunday Adventure Sail. Here’s the ships’ sailing schedule:

8/5
Tours: Noon to 5 p.m. ($5 donation)
Evening Sail: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. ($45)
8/6
Tours: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. ($5 donation)
Battle Sail: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. ($75/$67/$39)
Evening Sail: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. ($45)
8/7
Tours: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. ($5 donation)
Adventure Sail: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. ($47/$39)
Battle Sail: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. ($75/$67/$39)

The three-hour Battle Sail features both ships recreating a typical 18th century naval skirmish with real cannon, real gunpowder, but no cannon balls. Guests are urged to verbally taunt their adversaries. Tickets are $75 adults, $67 students/seniors/active military, $39 children 12/under. The Adventure Sail and Evening Sail are family-oriented experiences with opportunities to help raise a sail, learn a sea shanty, and hear maritime stories. Tickets for the Adventure Sail are $47 adults, $39 children 12/under. Tickets for the Evening Sail are $45 all ages.

Purchasers of four or more Battle Sail and/or Adventure Sail tickets online enjoy an automatic 15 percent discount off the ticket price. The discount is not available for phone or walk-up orders. To purchase, visit the Public Sail Schedule or call 800-200-5239.

Walk-on tours are a chance to visit the ships and speak with the crews about their adventures. A $5 donation per person is appreciated.

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


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

UPDATE: Due to a schedule change, Lady Washington will arrive late to Bellingham. She is currently scheduled to arrive Thursday, July 21. Hawaiian Chieftain will arrive Tuesday, July 19. || 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 offer 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 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.

Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain Announce Summer 2016 Sailing Schedule

Lady Washington, the official tall ship of Washington State, and Hawaiian Chieftain have announced their summer ports of call for 2016. Both vessels will spend their summer in Puget Sound and in Grays Harbor, visiting 10 ports and offering educational programs, public sailing excursions, and public walk-on tours at most locations. Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain are U.S. Coast Guard-inspected passenger vessels with a mission of preserving and promoting our maritime history and traditions. Here’s the list of 2016 stops.

June 9-July 5: Aberdeen (except as noted in next item)
June 23-27: Westport (Rusty Scupper Pirate Daze, Lady Washington only)
July 8-17: Port Ludlow
July 19-August 3: Bellingham
August 5-7: Blaine (Drayton Harbor Days)
August 8-11: Brownsville
August 12-17: Port Orchard
August 18-23: Tacoma
August 25-Sept. 5: Kirkland
Sept. 8-11: Port Townsend (Wooden Boat Festival, Lady Washington only)
Sept. 8-15: Aberdeen (Hawaiian Chieftain only)
Sept. 17-18: Westport (Hawaiian Chieftain only)

Specific dates and times for tours and public excursions, including the ships’ popular Battle Sails, will be announced in the spring. The ships are also working with local organizations on charters and special events. For information on chartering Lady Washington and/or Hawaiian Chieftain, visit the Charters page or call 800-200-5239.

Tickets are now available for Passages, the port-to-port adventure transits made by each vessel as they make their way in Puget Sound and the Pacific coast. Tickets are available via the Passages page, or call 800-200-5239.