Submitted by Grays Harbor Historical Seaport

History will come alive in Ilwaco this September as the tall ship Hawaiian Chieftain makes her return trip to Port of Ilwaco. The tall ship, part of the Aberdeen-based non-profit Grays Harbor Historical Seaport, sails the waters of the Pacific each year along with its companion vessel Lady Washington, offering educational programs, free deck tours, and sailing trips.

From September 26 – 30, Hawaiian Chieftain will be docked at Port of Ilwaco (165 Howerton Ave.). On weekdays schools can reserve a trip aboard the tall ship for the Historical Seaport’s one-of-a-kind maritime heritage field trip Voyage of Explorers. On weekends the tall ship is open to the general public for ticketed Adventure Sails. For the seasickness-prone but curious, stationary dockside Vessel Tours are available daily for a $5 suggested donation. Hawaiian Chieftain can also be Chartered for private events including weddings and workplace team builders.

The steel hulled Hawaiian Chieftain was launched in 1988 in Lahaina, Hawaii. Together with Lady Washington, the tall ships are among the most active educational boats 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.


September 25 (Tuesday)
Hawaiian Chieftain Arrives

September 26 (Wednesday)
Vessel Tours: 4:00 – 5:00 ($5 donation)
Evening Sail: 6:00 – 8:00 ($42-49)

September 27 (Thursday)
Vessel Tours: 4:00 – 5:00 ($5 donation)

September 28 (Friday)
Vessel Tours: 4:00 – 5:00($5 donation)
Evening Sail: 6:00 – 8:00 ($42-49)

September 29 (Saturday)
Vessel Tours: 10:00 – 1:00 ($5 donation)
History Sail: After Lewis and Clark”: 2:00 – 4:00 ($55)
Join ranger and historian Steve Wood from Cape Disappointment State Park for a special history sail! Guests will set sail and learn the history of local exploration, fur trading, and the incredible story of the half-Chinook interpreter George Ramsay -lone survivor of Astor’s disastrous Tonquin expedition.

September 30 (Sunday)
Vessel Tours: 10:00 – 1:00 ($5 donation)
Adventure Sail: 2:00 – 4:00 ($42-49)

October 1 (Monday)

October 2 (Tuesday)
Passage: Ilwaco to Astoria (est 4 hrs) $99

Featured photo credit: Rick Horn
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