Tall ships on their way

By Adam Spencer/Wescom News Service April 16, 2013 10:54 pm

The Hawaiian Chieftain, a past visitor to Brookings, will arrive at Crescent City Harbor on Thursday. Its sister ship, Lady Washington, arrives there Saturday. Photo courtesy of Grays Harbor Historical  Seaport Authority
The Hawaiian Chieftain, a past visitor to Brookings, will arrive at Crescent City Harbor on Thursday. Its sister ship, Lady Washington, arrives there Saturday. Photo courtesy of Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority
The popular Tall Ships, historic high-masted replicas from the turn of the century, will arrive at Crescent City Harbor starting Thursday with planned events through next week.

However, one of the ships has been delayed by rough weather. The Lady Washington was scheduled to arrive Thursday, but a series of storms prevented it from leaving Bodega Bay and will now reach Crescent City sometime on Saturday. The exact arrival time is unknown.

The Lady Washington’s companion ship, Hawaiian Chieftain, is expected to arrive on schedule late Thursday afternoon.

Guests who hold tickets for the 2 p.m. Saturday Battle Sail on the Lady Washington are asked to call the Historical Seaport office at 800-200-5239 for an exchange or refund. 

Both ships will be berthed in Crescent City Harbor, said Joe Follansbee, spokesman for the The Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority, which owns and operates the ships.

During the ships’ visit, visitors can take a walk-on tour of the impressive ships, hit the sea for an evening sail, or even participate in a Battle Sail, an imitation of a 18th century naval skirmish using real cannons and gunpowder.

To welcome the beloved boats, the port is holding a two-day Crescent City Harbor Tall Ships Festival, featuring live music all weekend and local food, art and crafts vendors.

The Tall Ships festival will be Saturday, April 20, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, April 21, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the lot adjacent to where the Tall Ships will be docked on the Citizens Dock Road side of the inner boat basin.

Performers include Three for the Road; BorderCoast; Jefferson State Boondock Band; Hither, Thither and Yon; and Warren Barr.

Walk-on tours are a chance to visit the vessels at the dock and meet the crews wearing period costumes. Reservations are not required, and admission is by donation.

Battle Sails will feature a mock cannon battle with real explosions and 18th-century naval maneuvers. Only one ship will be declared victor. Cost is $60 for adults, $50 for students, seniors and active military, and $40 for children 12 and under.

Evening sails and Adventure Sails offer folks a chance to raise a sail, sing a sea shanty, and take the helm of a real tall ship. Tickets are $39 for all ages, except on April 29, they cost $29.

Tickets for all excursions are available online at www.historicalseaport.org or by calling 800-200-5239.