On Sept. 19, the ships will participate in the Chehalis Watershed Festival, opening up for public tours at 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. (The ships will remain at Aberdeen Landing. Most festival activities are at Morrison Park in Aberdeen.) At 2 p.m. Sept 19 and 20, Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain will offer three-hour Battle Sails, featuring booming cannon and close-quarters maneuvers similar to an 18th century naval skirmish. Tickets are $60 adults, $50 students/seniors/active military, and $40 children under 12. Purchase tickets at www.historicalseaport.org or call 800-200-5239.
Starting Sept. 22, both ships will close to the public for maintenance. The Hawaiian Chieftain will make preparations for her upcoming California tour, themed “California 2009-2010: Hands-on History for Youth.” The Lady Washington will remain in Aberdeen through the end of the year and receive a new diesel engine, upgrades to her electrical system, and routine repairs to her rigging.