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Historic tall ships return to Morro Bay

Posted at 3:56 AM, Nov 28, 2018

Tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain make their return trip to Morro Bay this November and December.

Lady Washington, Courtesy: Rick Horn
Lady Washington, Courtesy: Rick Horn

The vessels are a part of the Aberdeen-based nonprofit Grays Harbor Historical Seaport that offers educational programs, free deck tours, and sailing trips.

Starting on Nov. 28 through Dec. 15, Lady Washington will be docked at the Morro Bay T Pier, near Great American Fish Company. Hawaiian Chieftain will arrive Nov. 29.

On weekdays schools can reserve a trip aboard the tall ships for the Historical Seaport’s maritime heritage field trip.

On weekends the vessels are open to the public for ticketed sails. Those who do not want to take a sail can do daily stationary dockside tours for a suggested $5 donation.

Hawaiian Chieftain, Courtesy: Rick Horn
Hawaiian Chieftain, Courtesy: Rick Horn

The ships can also be used for private events such as weddings or films.

Lady Washington was built in 1989 and is a replica of the first American vessel to make landfall on the West Coast.

Hawaiian Chieftain was built in 1988 as a private yacht of Laurence “Baron” Dorcy.

The ships are among the most active educational boats in the country, as they visit nearly 40 ports every year.

For further details about their journey, visit this website.