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May 25, 2018

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Tall Ships Return, Offering Tours and Sails at Blaine Harbor Marina this June

History will come alive in Blaine, Wash. this June as the tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain make their return trip to Blaine Harbor Marina. 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. [caption id="attachment_64642" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Tall ships - Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain, courtesy photo from Grays Harbor Historical Seaport[/caption] From June 1st - 5th, Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain will be docked at Blaine Harbor Marina (235 Marine Drive, Blaine, Wash.) The tall ships will make a second visit to Blaine this August. On weekdays, schools can reserve a trip aboard the tall ships for the 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.   [caption id="attachment_64640" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Lady Washington photo by Rick Horn[/caption]   Launched in 1989 in Aberdeen, Wash., 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. [caption id="attachment_64641" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Hawaiian Chieftain, photo by Rick Horn[/caption]  

BLAINE SCHEDULE

  • June 1 (Friday)
Vessel Tours: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. ($5 donation) Evening Sail: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. ($42-$49)
  • June 2 (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)
  • June 3 (Sunday)
Vessel Tours: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. ($5 donation) Adventure Sail: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. ($42-$49) [Hawaiian Chieftain] Battle Sail: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. ($42-$79)
  • June 4 (Monday)
CLOSED
  • June 5 (Tuesday)
Vessel Tours: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. ($5 donation) Evening Sail: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. ($35) [Hawaiian Chieftain]
  • June 6 (Wednesday)
Passage to Port Angeles (Est. Trip Time: 14 hours) ($130) Tickets available for purchase here: http://www.historicalseaport.org/public-tours-sails/sailing-schedule/blaine-washington/ Grays Harbor Historical Seaport is an educational nonprofit 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.

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