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Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain Stop in Newport, May 14-26

The brig Lady Washington, the official tall ship of the state of Washington, and her companion vessel, Hawaiian Chieftain, are stopping in Newport, Ore., May 14-26, 2015. The ships will arrive at the Port of Newport, 600 SE Bay Boulevard, Newport, and offer tours, excursions, and education programs for elementary school students. The ships will be open for visits on Memorial Day, May 25. Here’s the public schedule:

5/15: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., walk-on tours, $3 donation.
5/16-17: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., walk-on tours, $3 donation.
5/16-17: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Battle Sails, $39-$75.
5/16: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Evening Sail, $45.
5/17: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Adventure Sail, $39-$47.
5/19-22, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., walk-on tours, $3 donation.
5/20: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Evening Sail, $35.
5/23-25: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., walk-on tours, $3 donation.
5/23: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Evening Sail, $45.
5/24: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m, Adventure Sail, $39-$47.
5/24-25: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Battle Sails, $39-$75.

Both vessels are certified by the U.S. Coast Guard as passenger-carrying vessels and crewed by professional sailors and trained volunteers. Walk-on tours are self-guided visits of the ships hosted by crew in period costume. A $3 donation per person is appreciated.

Battle Sails are three-hour excursions recreating the look and feel of an 18th century naval skirmish with real gunpowder, real cannon, but no cannon balls. Tickets are $75 adults, $67 students/seniors/active military, $39 children 12 and under. Passengers in the two-hour, family-oriented Adventure Sail are invited to help the crew raise a sail, sing a sea shanty, and take the helm of a real tall ship, conditions permitting. Tickets are $47 adults, $39 children 12 and under. The value-priced Evening Sails offer programming similar to Adventure Sails. Evening Sail prices at $35 on May 20 and $45 on May 16 and May 23. Purchase tickets online or call 800-200-5239. Early reservations are strongly recommended.

Slots are still available for education programs designed for 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students. For more information, visit our Education Programs page, or call 800-200-5239.

‘Festival of Sail’ in Coos Bay Features Our Tall Ships

The annual “Festival of Sail” celebration in Coos Bay features a visit by Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain. The official tall ship of Washington state and her companion vessel make regular stops at Coos Bay, usually in the first part of May. This year, the ships are at the City Dock, 200 S. Bayshore Dr., Coos Bay, May 1-12. Here’s the ships’ public schedule:

5/1: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., walk-on tours, $3 per person.
5/2-3: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., walk-on tours, $3 per person.
5/2-3: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Battle Sails, $39-$75.
5/2: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Evening Sail, $45.
5/3: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Reconciliation ceremony with tribes.
5/5-8, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., walk-on tours, $3 per person.
5/6: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Evening Sail, $35.
5/9-10: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., walk-on tours, $3 per person.
5/9-10: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Battle Sails, $39-$75.
5/9: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Evening Sail, $45.
5/10: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m, Adventure Sail, $45.
5/12: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., walk-on tours, $3 per person.

Battle Sails are three-hour excursions recreating the look and feel of an 18th century naval skirmish with real gunpowder, real cannon, but no cannon balls. Tickets are $75 adults, $67 students/seniors/active military, $39 children 12 and under. Passengers in the two-hour, family-oriented Adventure Sail are invited to help the crew raise a sail, sing a sea shanty, and take the helm of a real tall ship, conditions permitting. Tickets are $47 adults, $39 children 12 and under. Evening Sails offer programming similar to Adventure Sails. To purchase tickets, call 800-200-5239 or buy online. Early reservations are strongly recommended.

Walk-on tours are self-guided visits of the ships hosted by crew in period costume. Visitors are welcome to chat with the crews to learn about the ships’ voyages and programs. A $3 donation per person is appreciated.

Both vessels are certified by the U.S. Coast Guard as passenger-carrying vessels and crewed by professional sailors and trained volunteers. GHHSA is grateful for the promotional and logistics assistance of the Coos Bay Boat Building Center. Slots are still available for education programs designed for 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students. For more information, visit the Education Programs page, or call 800-200-5239.

Check out the full schedule for Tall Ship Days at the Coos Bay Downtown Association.

Help Keep Hawaiian Chieftain Afloat for Years to Come!

Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority is working on a major upgrade to Hawaiian Chieftain that will allow her to take thousands of school children on educational field trips, and will allow her to keep training the future of our maritime-based work force. Donate now via our Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign and watch the video.

This project is our first stepping stone into making the Hawaiian Chieftain a 21st-century sailing vessel and will lead to a complete electrical and engineering system overhaul over the next several years. As always, we are looking to improve safety and sustain the Hawaiian Chieftain for many more years to come. This project includes:

  • Re-ballast: Acquire and install lead ingots to give us a smoother ride through ocean swells
  • Fly-by-wire: Replace our aging hynautic system with electronic engine controls
  • Heat exchangers
  • Wet exhaust
  • New generators
  • Water tank upgrade
  • AIS system

In the past five years we have had more than 42,000 school children participate in our education program up and down the entire West Coast. We hope to have ten times that amount in the upcoming years and continue training individuals who want to sail a tall ship. Your support of our programs and our vessels makes all of this possible. Please donate now.

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Capt. Eamon Kennedy pitches for funds to support Hawaiian Chieftain. Click the image to visit the Indiegogo page and watch the video.

Columbia River Voyage Announced for July and August, 2015

UPDATE: August stops in Hood River and Washougal added. || Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain have announced an extended voyage on the Columbia River in July and August, 2015. The two vessels will visit 11 ports and offer educational programs, public sailing excursions, and public walk-on tours at most locations. Lady Washington is the official ship of Washington state, and Hawaiian Chieftain accompanies her on her voyages. The last extended trip on the Columbia River was in 2013. Here’s the list of 2015 stops with public availability.

July 5: Depart Aberdeen
July 10-12: Kalama
July 16-20: Stevenson
July 22-23: Hood River
July 25-27: The Dalles
July 31-August 10: Pasco
August 13-14: Arlington
August 17-19: Hood River
August 22-23: Washougal
August 26: Cathlamet
August 28: Ilwaco

Tickets for two-hour and three-hour excursions for all dates are available now. See the Public Sails Schedule for specific dates and times 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 daytime transits made by each vessel as they make their way up or down-river. Details and online purchasing is available on the Public Sail Schedule of the ships’ website or call 800-200-5239.

Launched in 1989 in celebration of Washington state’s centennial, Lady Washington is a wooden replica of one of the first U.S.-flagged vessels to visit the west coast of North America. Among her commanders was Robert Gray, who later discovered and named the mouth of the Columbia River. The modern replica sails to more than 40 ports a year delivering hands-on living history education programs to K-12 students and the general public. Hawaiian Chieftain is a steel-hulled interpretation of a typical 19th century coastal trader built in Hawaii in 1988.

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Request for Proposal — Communications and Brand Update

Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority has published a Request for Proposal concerning a planned Communications and Brand Update. GHHSA has not upgraded its brand in a comprehensive way since the early 1990s. In March 2015, GHHSA accepted a comprehensive, grant-funded communications and brand audit by Westring and Associates. This RFP concerns implementation of most, if not all, of the recommendations in the Westring audit as they apply to tangible products, such as the company name, logo(s), brochures, email templates, a website, and related materials. The project’s goals include additional solutions, such as an online reservation system for the company’s one-hour and three-hour education charters. See the full RFP posting, or download a PDF version.