Channel Islands Harbor Hosts Tall Shipsposted: 1/9/2014
OXNARD -- Two tall ships -- the brig Lady Washington and the topsail ketch Hawaiian Chieftain -- will return to Channel Islands Harbor Jan. 10 for walk-on tours, Adventure Sails and Battle Sails that include mock cannon battles. The ships are scheduled to stay until Jan. 20.
Both ships will be open for walk-on tours from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 11-12, 4-5 p.m. Jan. 14-17 and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 18-20. A $3 donation is requested, and no reservations are necessary.
Battle Sails -- cruises featuring recreations of 18th century naval skirmishes and maneuvers, with live cannon fire -- are scheduled from 2-5 p.m. Jan. 11-12 and Jan. 18-20. Tickets are $43 to $63. Tickets are available for purchase online at historicalseaport.org or by phone at (800) 200-5239.
Adventure Sails that allow passengers of all ages to help raise a sail, learn sea chanteys, hear maritime stories and take the helm of a tall ship (conditions permitting) are scheduled for 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 12 aboard Lady Washington and 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 19 Hawaiian Chieftain. Tickets are $43.
Lady Washington, the official tall ship of Washington state, is a wood-hull replica of one of the first U.S.-flagged ships to visit the West Coast of North America. Hawaiian Chieftain is a steel-hull replica of an early 19th century trading vessel.
The ships will tie up at Channel Islands Harbor, 3900 Pelican Way. Both ships are operated by the not-for-profit Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority of Aberdeen, Wash. For more information, visit historicalseaport.org.