Stop by the Coos Bay Boardwalk the early part of next month and you are likely to see a piece of maritime history. The brig Lady Washington and the topsail ketch Hawaiian Chieftain, in partnership with the Coos Bay Boat Building Center, will be visiting our area May 2-11, 2014. (arrival is actually the afternoon of May 1st but tours are not available til May 2nd).
The Lady Washington is a full-scale reproduction of the original Lady Washington, the first American vessel to make landfall on the west coast of North America in 1788. The Hawaiian Chieftain is a replica of a typical European merchant trader of the turn of the nineteenth century. Her hull shape and rigging are similar to those of Spanish explorer’s ships used in the expeditions of the late 18th century along the Washington, Oregon, and California coasts.
The ships will offer walk-on tours, public excursions, and educational programs for K-12 students. Lady Washington will also host a reconciliation ceremony with local native tribes. You can even follow their journey here by following them on Facebook: facebook.com/GHHSA and Twitter: @graysharborhist.
Here’s the ships’ public schedule (subject to change depending on conditions, please check site for current schedule):
5/2: Walk-on tours, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. $3 donation per person requested.
5/3: Walk-on tours, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. $3 donation per person requested.
5/3: Evening Sail (Hawaiian Chieftain only), 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., $43 all ages.
5/3-4: Battle Sails, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., $43-$63.
5/4: Adventure Sail (Hawaiian Chieftain only), 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., $39 all ages.
5/6-9: Walk-on tours, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. $3 donation per person requested.
5/7: Evening Sail (Hawaiian Chieftain only), 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., $33.
5/10-11: Walk-on tours, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. $3 donation per person requested.
5/10-11: Battle Sails, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., $43-$63.
5/10: Evening Sail (Lady Washington only), 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., $43 all ages.
5/11: Adventure Sail (Lady Washington only), 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., $43 all ages.
Dockside tours, battle sails, educational tours and passage are available for the annual Tall Ship days. You can purchase tickets by visiting www.historicalseaport.org or calling 800-200-5239.
The Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw and the Coquille Indian Tribe will participate in a reconciliation ceremony with the crew of Lady Washington 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, May 4. For details, contact Tom Leahy, 541-217-4365, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Slots are still available for one-hour dockside and three-hour sailing programs for K-12 students and home-school groups. Special discounts may be available for qualified public schools. For information and to book a program, contact Roxie Underwood, email@example.com, 800-200-5239.