Grays Harbor’s Historical Tall Ships Return to Olympia this August

History will come alive in Olympia this August as the tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain make their return to town as part of Olympia Harbor Days. The tall ships, part of the Aberdeen-based nonprofit Grays Harbor Historical Seaport, sail the waters of the Pacific each year offering educational programs, free deck tours, and sailing excursions.

Grays Harbor's Historical Tall Ships Return to Olympia this August
Hawaiian Chieftain, photo by Rick Horn
From Aug 29th – Sep 3rd, Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain will be docked at Port of Olympia (704 Columbia St NW). The tall ships are open on weekdays for schools to reserve Historical Seaport’s one-of-a-kind maritime heritage field trip Voyage of Explorers. On weekends the tall ships are open to the general public for ticketed Adventure Sail, Battle Sail, and Evening Sail events. For the seasickness-prone but curious, stationary dockside Vessel Tours are available Tuesday – Sunday for a $5 suggested donation. The boats can also be Chartered for private events including weddings and workplace team builders.
Grays Harbor's Historical Tall Ships Return to Olympia this August
Lady Washington, photo by Rick Horn
Launched in 1989 in Aberdeen, WA, Lady Washington is the official ambassador of the state of Washington and a replica of the original vessel of the same name, which was the first American ship to make landfall on the West Coast. The steel hulled Hawaiian Chieftain was launched in 1988 in Lahaina, Hawaii. Together they are among the most active tall ships in America, visiting approximately 40 ports each year. The tall ships offer a glimpse into our historic past, introducing people of all ages to the sights and sounds of 18th and 19th century maritime life.
OLYMPIA SCHEDULE
August 29 (Wednesday)
Vessel Tours: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. ($5 donation)
Evening Sail: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. ($42-$49)
August 30 (Thursday)
Vessel Tours: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. ($5 donation) [Hawaiian Chieftain]
August 31 (Friday)
Vessel Tours: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. ($5 donation)
Evening Sail: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. ($42-$49)
September 1 (Saturday)
Vessel Tours: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. ($5 donation)
Battle Sail: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. ($42-$79)
Evening Sail: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. ($42-$49)
September 2 (Sunday)
Vessel Tours: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. ($5 donation)
Adventure Sail: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. ($42-$49)
September 3 (Monday) Labor Day
Vessel Tours: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. ($5 donation) [Hawaiian Chieftain]
Adventure Sail: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. ($42-$49) [Lady Washington]
September 4 (Tuesday)
CLOSED
September 5 (Wednesday)
Passage: Olympia to Kirkland (Est. Trip Time: 26 hours ) ($260)
Tickets available for purchase here:
Grays Harbor's Historical Tall Ships Return to Olympia this August
Grays Harbor Historical Seaport is an educational non-profit based in Aberdeen, Washington. In addition to school programs and public sailing, the tall ships are also active sail training vessels. Anyone over age 16 is eligible to join the crew through the Two Weeks Before the Mast volunteer sailing program. Those pursuing a career in the commercial maritime industry can also consider enrolling in the Historical Seaport’s Sea School Northwest, a job training program to provide knowledge and mentorship for professional maritime fields.

If you’re ready to run away to sea, or want to know more about the tall ships and their programs, please visit www.historicalseaport.org.

The vessel will be docked at
Port of Olympia Plaza Dock
704 Columbia St NW, Olympia WA 98501
For directions and schedule information, please call (800) 200-5239.

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