Lady Washington, Hawaiian Chieftain ships will visit Tacoma

The Lady Washington, the Official Ship of the State of Washington, and her companion ship Hawaiian Chieftain will arrive at...

The Lady Washington, the Official Ship of the State of Washington, and her companion ship Hawaiian Chieftain will arrive at Foss Waterway Seaport Thurs., Aug. 13 for a week-long visit. The ships will fire a cannon salute when they tie up at 705 Dock Street at approximately 6 p.m. The ships are in the midst of the Lady Washington’s 20th Anniversary Puget Sound Tour.

Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain will welcome the public for walk-on tours on these dates and times:

— Aug. 14, 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.;

— Aug. 15, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.;

— Aug. 17, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.;

— Aug. 18, 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.;

— Aug. 19, 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

A $3 donation per person is appreciated.

The ships have also scheduled four public three-hour sailings during the Tacoma visit. Battle Sails, featuring cannon fire and close-quarters maneuvers reminiscent of an 18th century naval action, are scheduled for 2 p.m. Aug. 15 and 16. Tickets are $60 adults, $50 for seniors/students/active military, and $40 for children under 12. Tickets are available online at http://www.historicalseaport.org or by calling (800) 200-5239.

An Adventure Sail and a Sunset Sail, featuring tall ship demonstrations, a sea shanty, and storytelling, are scheduled for 10 a.m. Sun., Aug. 15 (Adventure Sail) and 6:30 p.m. Weds., Aug. 19 (Sunset Sail). Tickets are $55 adults, $45 seniors/students/active military, and $35 for children under 12. Tickets are available online at http://www.historicalseaport.org or by calling (800) 200-5239.

Launched on Mar. 7, 1989, the Lady Washington is a full-scale replica of an 18th century vessel that was among the first American-flagged ships to visit the west coast of North America. The original Lady Washington was also among the first American ships to visit Hawaii and Hong Kong, and she was the first U.S. vessel to attempt trade with Japan. The Hawaiian Chieftain, launched in 1988, is a replica of a typical 18th century merchant trading vessel. The Hawaiian Chieftain accompanies Lady Washington on her ambassadorial and educational voyages to more than 40 ports a year.

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