ABERDEEN, Wash. - The tall ship Hawaiian Chieftain returns to Grays Harbor next month for scheduled maintenance, educational programs for local elementary school students, public sails, and to prepare for her upcoming California sailing season. The topsail ketch is slated to arrive at Aberdeen Landing Sept. 5, and she will be closed to the public for several days.
Starting Sept. 4, the tall ship Lady Washington will be in Port Townsend for her biennial haul-out. During this maintenance period, shipwrights and volunteers will complete Phase II of her hull restoration project, including the replacement of hull planks below the waterline. In 2007, wood rot corresponding with the ship's age was discovered in a number of planks and frames. In 2011, the Legislature awarded the Historical Seaport a $167,000 capital improvements grant for the repairs. The work is expected to be completed by Sept 24. Lady Washington is scheduled depart Sept. 25, arriving in Aberdeen two days later.
Here's the public schedule for both ships in September:
9/18-21: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Walk-on tours. $3 donation per person. No reservation required.
9/22-23: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Walk-on tours. $3 donation per person. No reservation required.
9/22-23: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Adventure Sail. (Hawaiian Chieftain only) $39 all ages.
9/25: Hawaiian Chieftain departs for Oakland, Calif.
9/25-28: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Walk-on tours. $3 donation per person. No reservation required.
9/29-30: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Walk-on tours. $3 donation per person. No reservation required.
9/29-30: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Adventure Sail. (Lady Washington only) $39 all ages.
10/9: Lady Washington departs for San Francisco.
Hawaiian Chieftain is taking reservations from local schools for educational programs. Many area schools are eligible for grants to pay for the majority of program costs. For information, call 800-200-5239.
Adventure Sails are a family-oriented activity with guests invited to take part in operating a real tall ship, including raising a sail, singing a sea shanty, and taking the helm, conditions permitting. Walk-on tours are an opportunity to visit with crew members and learn more about Hawaiian Chieftain?s educational mission. No tickets are required for tours, although a $3 donation per person is appreciated. Tickets for Adventure Sails are $39 each and may purchased online at www.historicalseaport.org or by calling 800-200-5239.