ASTORIA — The Chinook Tribe will welcome the tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain as they begin a four-day stay in Astoria. Tribe members are scheduled to greet the ships in traditional canoes near the Columbia River Maritime Museum, 1792 Marine Drive, at approximately 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 31.
Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain have also scheduled walk-on tours and public sails during their visit. The ships will be berthed at the Port of Astoria's East Basin Marina.
May 31 to June 1: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., walk-on tours, $3 donation per person, no reservation required.
June 2 to 3: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., walk-on tours, $3 donation per person, no reservation required.
June 2 to 3: 2 to 5 p.m., Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain Battle Sail, $40 to $60.
June 2: 6 to 8 p.m., Hawaiian Chieftain Evening Sail, $35.
Battle Sails feature a re-enactment of a typical naval skirmish between Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain. The ships fire real cannon loaded with real gunpowder, but not cannon balls. Guests are encouraged to verbally taunt their adversaries and a winner of the battle will be declared. Tickets are $60 for adults, $50 for students, seniors and active military and $40 for children 12 and younger.
The Evening Sail is a two-hour tall ship experience offering a chance for guests to raise a sail, sing a sea shanty and take the wheel of a real tall ship, conditions permitting. Tickets for Evening Sails are $35 each.
To purchase tickets for all public sails, call (800) 200-5239 or visit www.historicalseaport.org
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. In 1788, Capt. Robert Gray, commanding Lady Washington's companion vessel, Columbia Rediviva, spotted what appeared to be a major river. In 1792, after completing the first voyage, he returned to enter the mouth of what he would name the Columbia River. The modern Lady Washington sails the West Coast with her own companion ship, Hawaiian Chieftain, teaching K-12 students and the public at large about these voyages.
The Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority (GHHSA) is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) public development authority based in Aberdeen, Wash. that owns and operates the tall ships Hawaiian Chieftain and Lady Washington, the Official Ship of the state of Washington. GHHSA provides educational, vocational, recreational and ambassadorial activities and experiences that promote and preserve the maritime history of Grays Harbor, the Pacific Northwest and the nation while serving the needs of the community. For more, visit www.historicalseaport.org