Photo courtesy of Don Miller

TALL SHIPS SAIL INTO ILWACO, WASHINGTON 

Historic Vessels Will Dock at Port of Ilwaco September 22-25, 2017 

September 19, 2017 – Few are familiar with the term “tall ship”, but the Washington-based nonprofit Grays Harbor Historical Seaport is on a mission to change that. Their historic sailing ships, the Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain, travel the west coast year-round introducing the public to maritime history. 

From September 22nd to 25th, the Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain will dock at the Port of Ilwaco (165 Howerton Avenue). Dockside visitors can expect to tour the vessels and talk with the crew, while sailing passengers will experience the crew in action and the ship under wind power. The vessels’ public program schedule is as follows:  

September 22 (Friday)

Evening arrival (no public open times on this date)

September 23 (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 24 (Sunday)
Vessel Tours: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. ($5 donation)
Adventure Sail: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. ($42-$49)
Battle Sail: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. ($42-$79)

September 25 (Monday)
Passage: Ilwaco to Oakland Est. Trip Time 5-8 days $780
 

Aside from the rare opportunity to see a historic sailing vessel in action, a point of interest is often the crew themselves. The Lady Washington typically has a crew of 10-14, from paid officers to volunteer deckhands to participants in our two-week maritime training program. Some sail for the fun of it, others to learn the job skills of the maritime industry. 

Launched in 1989 as part of Washington State’s centennial, the wooden-hulled Lady Washington has appeared in several motion pictures and TV shows, including Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl, and Once Upon A Time. Constructed of steel, Hawaiian Chieftain was launched in 1988 in Lahaina, Hawaii.

If you’re ready to run away to sea, a full schedule of events, tickets, and volunteering information can be found on the organization’s website, www.historicalseaport.org. For the seasickness-prone but curious, free walk-aboard tours never leave the dock.

The vessels will be located at 165 Howerton Avenue, Ilwaco, WA 98624

Please call (800) 200-5239 for directions. For tickets visit:

http://www.historicalseaport.org/public-tours-sails/sailing-schedule/ilwaco-washington/