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Tall Ships Preparing for Another Visit to Ventura, Calif.

The tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain are preparing for a return visit to Ventura Harbor Village in Ventura January 13 to February 4, 2015. Lady Washington is a wooden replica of one of the first U.S.-flagged vessels to explore the west coast of North America. Hawaiian Chieftain is a steel-hulled interpretation of a typical early 19th century coast trader. The vessels will offer walk-on tours, K-12 programs, and ticketed excursions during their visit. Here’s the ships’ public schedule:

1/14-16: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., walk-on tours, $3 donation.
1/17-19: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., walk-on tours, $3 donation.
1/17-18: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Battle Sails, $39-$75.
1/18: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Adventure Sail (Lady Washington only), $39-$47.
1/19: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Adventure Sail (Lady Washington only), $39-$47.
1/21-23: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., walk-on tours, $3 donation.
1/24-25: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., walk-on tours, $3 donation.
1/24-25: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Battle Sails, $39-$75.
1/25: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Adventure Sail (Lady Washington only), $39-$47.
1/28-30: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., walk-on tours, $3 donation.
1/31-2/1: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., walk-on tours, $3 donation.
1/31-2/1: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Battle Sails, $39-$75.
2/1: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Adventure Sail (Lady Washington only), $39-$47.
2/3-4: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., walk-on tours, $3 donation per person requested.

Battle Sails are recreation of a typical 18th century naval skirmish, featuring real cannon, real gunpowder, but no cannon balls. Tickets for the Battle Sail are $75 adults, $67 students/seniors/active military, $39 children 12/under. Adventure Sails offer a chance for guests to experience the thrill of sailing aboard a real tall ship, including sea shanties, an opportunity to help raise a sail, and a chance to take the helm, conditions permitting. Tickets are $47 adults, $39 children 12/under. Tickets for excursions may be purchased online or by calling 800-200-5239.

Walk-on tours are self-guided opportunities to learn more about the tall ships and their travels. A $3 donation per person is appreciated. No reservations are required.

For information on scheduling K-12 educational programs, visit our Education Programs page or call Roxie Underwood, 800-200-5239.

San Pedro Hosts Lady Washington, Hawaiian Chieftain Dec. 17-30

Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain have scheduled a stop in San Pedro over the holiday season, and they’ll offer walk-on tours and popular cannon battles. The brig Lady Washington and the topsail ketch Hawaiian Chieftain are scheduled to arrive at Ports o’ Call Village, 1199 Nagoya Way, San Pedro on December 17. The ships are currently touring California ports delivering K-12 education programs to private and public schools, as well as service groups. Here’s the ships’ San Pedro public schedule:

12/18-19: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., walk-on tours, $3 donation.
12/20-21: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., walk-on tours, $3 donation.
12/20-21: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Battle Sails, $43-$63.
12/23: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Adventure Sail, $43 all ages.
12/23: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., walk-on tours, $3 donation.
12/24-25: Ships closed for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
12/26: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Adventure Sail, $43 all ages.
12/27-28: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., walk-on tours, $3 donation.
12/27-28: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Battle Sails, $43-$63.

Battle Sails are recreation of a typical 18th century naval skirmish, featuring real cannon, real gunpowder, but no cannon balls. Tickets for the Battle Sail are $63 adults, $53 students/seniors/active military, $43 children 12/under. Adventure Sails offer a chance for guests to experience the thrill of sailing aboard a real tall ship, including sea shanties, an opportunity to help raise a sail, and a chance to take the helm, conditions permitting. Tickets are $43 all ages.

Tickets for excursions may be purchased online or by calling 800-200-5239. Early reservations are strongly recommended.

Walk-on tours are self-guided opportunities to learn more about the tall ships and their travels. A $3 donation per person is appreciated. No reservations are required.

Connie Allen Hired to Lead Update of Education Programs

Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority, which owns and operates the tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain, is pleased to announce that Capt. Connie Allen has joined the GHHSA team as manager of Project SAIL. Allen, a former crew member on both vessels who holds a master’s license, will be responsible for the upgrade of Voyages of Discovery, a GHHSA maritime history and heritage program delivered to more than 8,000 students a year in Washington, Oregon, and California.

Connie Allen

Connie Allen

“I’m pleased to have such an experienced and well-respected captain leading this exciting project to expand and evaluate the cumulative impact of our shipboard programs,” said Les Bolton, GHHSA executive director.

Project SAIL (Shaping Attitudes through Integrated Learning) intends to provide and evaluate a continuum of vessel-based heritage and marine science programming that engages students, on the water, three times during their K-12 years. Each program includes pre- and post-program activities and curriculum. Programs build on the students’ previous experience and lay the groundwork for the next experience. Project SAIL will use pre- and post-program testing of participating students and of students that did not participate in the programs to create an evidence-based evaluation for each individual program, and to gauge the cumulative impact of multiple on-the-water education experiences. The project is funded by a grant from the Magic Cabinet Foundation.

“As project manager, I will be pulling resources from crew, teaching partners, and leaders from indigenous cultures to grow the educational aspects of our mission,” Allen said.

In addition to serving aboard Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain, Allen has crewed on the tall ships Tole Mour, the US Brig Niagara, and she has held positions at the Los Angeles Maritime Institute and the Maritime Museum of San Diego. Allen plays the banjo and the dulcimer.

January to June 2015 Tall Ships Sailing Schedule Announced

Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority has announced Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain’s January to June 2015 schedule. The vessels will visit 15 ports in California, Oregon, and Washington before returning to their home port of Seaport Landing in Aberdeen, Wash. At each stop, Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain will offer public tours, public sailing excursions, and hands-on living history educational programs for K-12 students. Here is the list of ports and dates:

Jan. 1-12: Long Beach, Calif.
Jan. 13 – Feb. 4: Ventura, Calif.
Feb. 5-16: Oxnard, Calif.
Feb. 20 – March 4: Oakland, Calif.
March 5-11: San Francisco
March 12-30: Sausalito, Calif.
March 31 – April 13: Redwood City, Calif.
April 17-22: Eureka, Calif.
April 23-27: Crescent City, Calif.
April 30 – May 12: Coos Bay, Ore.
May 14-26: Newport, Ore.
May 29 – June 1: Ilwaco, Wash.
June 2-15: Astoria, Ore.
June 17-21: Westport, Wash.
June 22 – July 5: Aberdeen, Wash.

People interested in adventure travel experiences may purchase tickets for some port-to-port transits of Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain. For information, visit our Passages page or call 800-200-5239.

Built in 1989, the wooden-hulled Lady Washington is the official ship of Washington state. The vessel has appeared in several film and TV productions, such as recent episodes of “Once Upon A Time” and “Revolution.” Hawaiian Chieftain, a steel-hulled topsail ketch launched in 1988, travels with Lady Washington delivering education programs to K-12 students in public schools, private schools, and in home-school groups. Information about education program is available by calling 800-200-5239 or visit the Education Programs page.

New and Improved GHHSA Membership Program Launched

Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority is pleased to announce significant revisions to its membership program for individuals and businesses. From its earliest years, GHHSA has invited supporters of education programs and its tall ships, Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain, to become members of the organization. Annual memberships help pay ongoing operating expenses, including fuel, provisions, maintenance, and moorage fees.

Individuals may now set their own membership fee that matches their budget. For example, the base Bosun membership allows an annual fee from $25 to $99. Other member levels include: Family ($100 to $499); Captain’s Circle ($500 to $999); Commodore Society ($1,000 to $4,999); Admiral Society ($5,000+). The revised membership program also features a “sustaining member” option, allowing supporters to set up an automated payment plan to make giving easier and lower administrative costs. New members receive a membership card and modest thank-you gift.

Businesses and corporations may also set their own annual membership fee that suits their budget and philanthropic goals. Revised business member levels include: Home Port Partner ($250 to $499, Grays Harbor County only); Port Supporter ($500 to $999); Port Partner ($1,000 to $2,499); Port Benefactor ($2,500 to $5,000+). Thank-you gifts for business members include an opportunity to send an individual K-12 student or entire classroom to a one-hour or three-hour education program on a GHHSA ship.

Use your credit card to purchase individual memberships on the Become a Member page. Purchase business memberships on the Corporate Giving page. If you are already a member, and you’d like to renew or upgrade your membership, please call 800-200-5239.