Friday, August 29, 2014

The brig Lady Washington, the Official Ship of Washington State, and the topsail ketch Hawaiian Chieftain, begin a seven-week tour of Columbia River ports with a stop at Astoria and Ilwaco. The ships are scheduled to arrive late on May 14

and open to the public for tours the following day. The vessels have also scheduled a on-the-water welcoming ceremony with the Chinook Nation 10:30 a.m. May 15 near the Columbia River Maritime Museum. Below is the full port schedule for the ships' river tour.

 

May 14-16, Astoria

May 16-17, Cathlamet

May 17-20, Rainier

May 20-22, St. Helens

May 22-28, Vancouver

May 28-29, Camas/Washougal

May 29-30, Stevenson

May 30-June 3, Hood River

June 3-5, The Dalles

June 5-6, Arlington

June 6-7, Umatilla

June 7-18, Pasco

June 18-19, Umatilla

June 19-20, Arlington

June 20-21, The Dalles

June 21-24, Stevenson

June 24-26, Kalama

June 26-July 2, Ilwaco

The ships will offer tours and public sailings in these ports: Astoria, Rainier, St. Helens, Vancouver, Stevenson, Hood River, The Dalles, Pasco, Kalama, and Ilwaco. For specific dates and times, visit the Public Sail Schedule on the Historical Seaport website,http://www.historicalseaport.org/. Activities include walk-on tours, which include an opportunity for visitors to tour the ships and speak with the crews, similar to an open house.

Sailing excursions include three-hour Battle Sails, featuring real cannon firing real gunpowder (but no cannon balls).  Two-hour Adventure Sails include a chance to help raise a sail, learn a sea shanty, and take the helm of a real tall ship, conditions permitting. Evening Sails are two-hour sunset excursions similar to Adventure Sails. To purchase tickets, call 800-200-5239 or visit http://www.historicalseaport.org/. (Not all activities are available in all ports.)

Launched in 1989, Lady Washington is a replica of one of the first U.S.-flagged vessels to visit the west coast of North America. She has appeared in several motion pictures and popular videos, mostly recently hip-hop artist Macklemore's YouTube video for his hit "Can't Hold Us," which has been viewed more than four million times since its release on April 17. Hawaiian Chieftain is an interpretation of a typical early 19th century coastal trader. Launched in 1988, she specializes in hands-on living history education programs for young people.

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