The Tall Ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain are currently on display in Port Orchard Washington. The historical fleet provides shipboard programs educational and adventurous programs to stimulate curious minds. Visitors will have an opportunity to experience battle sails, adventure sails, sunset sails and dockside tours.
Brig Lady Washington – 112 feet, 11 sails, 4,400 square feet
Ketch Hawaiian Chieftain – 106 feet, 10 sails, 4,050 square feet
Step back into the 18th century when boarding the brig Lady Washington. The crew is dressed in historical period costumes and is well versed on life at sea on this full scale replica. They welcome questions.
The brig Lady Washington appeared in the following movies:
• Pirates of the Caribbean – Curse of the Black Pearl (Walt Disney – 2003)
• Pirates of the Caribbean – Dead Man’s Chest (Walt Disney – 2006)
• Pirates of the Caribbean – At World’s End (Walt Disney – 2007)
• Blackbeard (Stonewerks Production)
• Star Trek Generation
The Hawaiian Chieftain sails as a partner for Lady Washington and the pair recreate the romantic and historical ambiance of 18th century maritime life. These tall ships travel the west coast of the United States and also north into British Columbia, throughout the San Juan Islands.
Throughout the summer these elegant vessels will journey to many ports along the west coast as far south as San Diego, California. The Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain are part of the Grays Harbor Historical Seaport and homeport is Aberdeen Washington.
Voyages of Discovery provide:
1-Hour Dockside Program – The program is presented in three segments by costumed crew members.
1. Life of a Sailor – Students learn about the hard life of a common 18th century sailor and the value of teamwork.
2. Navigation – Students learn about the meaning of “lay aft” and “quarterdeck” as ship’s officers teach 18th century navigation. Lessons are given on how time, speed, distance and direction are recorded and used to plot the positions of ships at sea.
3. History of Trade- Stories of the meeting of different cultures and the “golden age of exploration” rediscover the rich maritime heritage. Experience history opening a sea chest full of 18th century trade items.
3-Hour Sailing Program – Sail on a magnificent Tall Ship and work under seasoned watch officers and crew members as you learn how to set and trim the sails. Students will help steer the ship and participate while learning traditional sea shanties and work songs.
Exploring Expeditions are available for adventurous individuals who choose to set sail for a multi-day expedition. The programs are unique and customized for the needs of participants. Learn while venturing on whale watching and island explorations. Safety of participants, crew and vessels are very important. Tall Ships are inspected by U.S. Coast Guard certified, insured and professionally crewed.
Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain are at the Port Orchard Marina through June 20, 2010. Experience a Battle Sail which recreates an 18th century naval skirmish with cannon fire. (using blanks). You can feel the adrenaline peak as you witness close quarters maneuvers.
The Adventure Sails are designed for families where opportunities permit guests to sail the ships. Sunset Sails are available in the summer for the romantic yet historical sensation.
Dockside Tours provide an opportunity to walk upon the same decks used by the colorful character Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) in Pirates of the Caribbean movies.
Although the Tall Ships are only in Port Orchard, Washington for a short time, they are scheduled in many Washington ports through the 4th of July. A special fireworks sail is scheduled in Seattle, Washington on July 4th. Check with the Grays Harbor Historical Seaport for schedule and port information.
As the historical Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain journey south on their Voyage of Discovery many students will have an opportunity to experience life at sea during the 18th century. The Tall Ships will be stopping in Oregon ports and many ports in California. Make plans to see these magnificent Tall Ships no matter where you live. Drive out of the desert heat of Arizona and set sail on a memorable, historical Voyage of Discovery.
For more information
Grays Harbor Historical Seaport – Tall Ships or call 800-200-5239
712 Hagara street, P.O. Box 2019, Aberdeen WA., 98520
Port Orchard Marina information – 707 Sidney Parkway, Port Orchard, Washington
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