Byline: Taylor Hill
VENTURA — Tall ship enthusiasts in Newport Harbor were treated to three weeks of tours, cruises and “battle sails” aboard Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain Dec. 28-Jan.11. Following a two-week stay in Channel Islands Harbor ending Jan. 23, the historic ships will be on their way to Ventura Harbor and will be available for visitors to view and board Jan. 24-Feb. 7.
The two historic ships — Lady Washington is the state of Washington’s official tall ship, and Hawaiian Chieftain is its sistership — are scheduled to arrive at Ventura Harbor Jan. 24. They will dock in front of Brophy Brothers Restaurant & Clam Bar and Milano’s Italian Restaurant in Ventura Harbor Village.
Coinciding with the first weekend of the Tall Ship visit, the First Company Washington Artillery of New Orleans will build a replica of a Civil War military camp circa 1861-1865, Jan. 28-29.
Visitors can sail aboard the ships as they enact three-hour battle sails, which feature close-quarters naval-style maneuvers similar to those used in the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. Tickets are $60 for adults, $40 for children 12 and younger.
The ships will open for walk-on tours each weekday from 4-5 p.m. and weekends from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
The ships will be in Channel Islands Harbor through Jan. 23, at 3900 Pelican Way.