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 Paypal or credit card. You can also watch the fundraising video produced by the Hawaiian Chieftain’s crew.
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.