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Grays Harbor Tall Ships Return Home for Events, Maintenance


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


Westport (Rusty Scupper Pirate Daze), June 24-27, 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)
6/29-7/1: 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)


Westport, Wash. (Rusty Scupper Pirate Daze)

Take our survey for the Grays Harbor community on science programs at Seaport Landing

survey imageThe Historical Seaport is developing a science education program at Grays Harbor Historical Seaport in Aberdeen! The science ed program will expand beyond Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain and the time that they’re in Grays Harbor County. We’re planning to do year-round water- and land-based science programs.

We want your thoughts about what our new science education program should look like!

Take our community survey today and tell us what you’d like to see. All information is confidential and will never be sold or given to a third party.

Thank you!

Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain to Call on Ilwaco June 2-6


Ilwaco, June 2-6, 2016

Update: Ticket availability for sails is limited for June 4 and 5. Small groups of tickets may become available on an infrequent basis due to refunds or exchanges. || The tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain will call on the Port of Ilwaco June 2-6 and offer excursions and tours to the general public. Ilwaco is the final stop on the ships’ 2015-2016 academic year tour of California, Oregon, and Washington coastal ports. New for the Ilwaco visit is a 15 percent discount for online purchases of four or more Battle Sail or Adventure Sail tickets. For example, guests can save $45 on the purchase of four adult Battle Sail tickets. Here’s the ships’ schedule.

6/3: Walk-on tours, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., $3 donation per person.
6/3: Evening Sail, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., $45.
6/4-5: Walk-on tours, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., $3 donation per person.
6/4: Adventure Sail, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., $39-$47.
6/5: Battle Sail, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., $39-$75.

Three-hour Battle Sails are recreations of a typical 18th-century naval skirmish, complete with real cannon, real gunpowder, but no cannon balls. Tickets are $75 adults, $67 students/seniors/active military, $39 children 12/under. Adventure Sails, also three hours in length, feature opportunities for guests to help raise a sail, learn a sea shanty, or take the helm of a real tall ship, conditions permitting. Tickets are $47 adults, $39 children 12/under. Two-hour Evening Sails are similar to Adventure Sails, but value-priced at $45 all ages.

The 15 percent discount option is available for online purchases only at the Historical Seaport website. The discount is not available for phone or walk-up orders. To order tickets by phone, call 800-200-5239.

Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain are available for weddings, family reunions, and other special events. For information and rates, visit the Charters page.

Both ships are scheduled to arrive at their home port of Aberdeen, Wash., on June 8.

Annual Visit Under Way In Newport, Ore., for Pair of Tall Ships


Newport, Ore., May 18-31, 2016

Update: Ticket availability for sails is limited. Small groups of tickets may become available on an infrequent basis due to refunds or exchanges. || The annual visit to Yaquina Bay by the tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain is scheduled for May 18-31. The ships will tie up at the Port of Newport, 600 Bay Boulevard, Newport, and welcome visitors for walk-on tours and sailing excursions. Local school groups will also participate in one-hour and three-hour educational programs on maritime history and culture. Both ships are U.S. Coast Guard-inspected passenger vessels. Here’s the public schedule for the ships.

5/19-20: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., walk-on tours, $3 donation.
5/20: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Evening Sail, $45.
5/21-22: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., walk-on tours, $3 donation.
5/21: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Battle Sail, $38-$75.
5/22: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Adventure Sail, $39-$47.
5/22: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Adventure Sail, $39-$47.
5/24-27: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., walk-on tours, $3 donation.
5/25: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Evening Sail, $35.
5/27: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Evening Sail, $45.
5/28-30: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., walk-on tours, $3 donation.
5/28: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Adventure Sail, $39-$47.
5/29: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Adventure Sail, $39-$47.
5/29-30: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Battle Sail, $39-$75.
5/29: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Evening Sail, $45.

Battle Sails are recreations of a typical 18th-century naval skirmish, complete with real cannon, real gunpowder, but no cannon balls. Tickets are $75 adults, $67 students/seniors/active military, $39 children 12/under. Adventure Sails feature opportunities for guests to help raise a sail, learn a sea shanty, or take the helm of a real tall ship, conditions permitting. Tickets are $47 adults, $39 children 12/under. Evening Sails are similar to Adventure Sails, but value-priced at $35 on Wednesdays, $45 on Fridays.

New for 2016 is a 15 percent discount for online purchases of four or more Battle Sail or Adventure Sail tickets. For example, guests can save $45 on the purchase of four adult Battle Sail tickets. The discount is not available for phone or walk-up orders. To buy tickets, view the Public Sail Schedule or call 800-200-5239.

To book an educational program and ask about discounts for Title I schools, call 800-200-5239.

Brandi Bednarik Appointed Historical Seaport Executive Director

The Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority Board of Directors has appointed Brandi Bednarik as the organization’s new executive director. The board made the decision at a special meeting May 6. The appointment is effective immediately.

Brandi Bednarik

Brandi Bednarik

Ms. Bednarik had served as interim executive director since September 2015. She takes the post formerly held by Les Bolton, who departed the company in June 2015.

“I’m honored to be appointed to the executive director’s job,” Ms. Bednarik said. “I’m excited by the challenge of transforming Seaport Landing into a community asset. We’re also planning more science education at the site, and I’m looking forward to working with our ships to improve and expand our maritime heritage education.”

As well as operating Seaport Landing, a 38-acre property on the Chehalis River, the Historical Seaport owns and operates the tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain.

Ms. Bednarik was hired as the Historical Seaport’s bookkeeper in 2009 and held the title of Chief Financial Officer in addition to her title as Interim Executive Director.