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Tall ships call on Tacoma

By The News Tribune staff

The tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain called at the Foss Waterway Seaport Thursday and will remain in Tacoma for the next few days.

While docked, the ships will offer free dockside tours to Seaport visitors presenting their admission sticker or receipt.

Visitors also will have two ways to take to the water aboard the ships. Battle sails are re-creations of typical 18th-century naval skirmishes with real cannons and gunpowder, but no cannonballs. Family-oriented evening sails will include the opportunity to help raise a sail, learn a sea shanty and hear maritime stories.

Sailing tickets, which include admission to the Seaport, are available on board the ships, at www.historicalseaport.org or by calling 800-200-5239.

The visit is seen as a warmup to next June’s tall ship festival in Tacoma as well as a celebration of the Seaport’s recent $1.8 million renovation.

Launched in 1989 to celebrate Washington's centennial, the Lady Washington has a career that includes movie and TV appearances and being named the state's official tall ship.

The 112-foot vessel was built by the Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority as a replica of the original Lady Washington. In 1788, that ship became the first American vessel to make landfall on the West Coast. She later became the first American ship to visit Honolulu, Hong Kong and Japan.

The current version was built as part of Washington's centennial celebration in 1989. In 2007, the Legislature designated her as the state's official tall ship. Now serving as an ambassador for the state and Grays Harbor County, the Lady Washington visits as many as 40 West Coast ports a year.

Among her Hollywood credits, the Lady Washington portrayed the HMS Interceptor in the film "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl" and the brig Enterprise, a namesake of the Starship Enterprise, on the holodeck in "Star Trek Generations." On television, the ship had a large role in the miniseries "Blackbeard."

Built in Lahaina, Hawaii, the Hawaiian Chieftain was launched in 1988. The 103-foot ship was originally designed to run cargo between Hawaiian islands. She now specializes in education programs for kindergarteners through 12th-graders.

The Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority bought the vessel in October 2005 and brought it back from the East Coast.

Public schedule

Saturday

Dockside tours: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Battle sail: 3-5 p.m. Adults $72, senior citizens $62 and children $34. Sailing tickets, which include admission to the Seaport, are available at www.historicalseaport.org or by calling 800-200-5239.

Evening sail: 6-8 p.m. $54 all ages.

Sunday

The Seaport will be closed for a private event. Admission passes will be sold to visit the Seaport on a future date and allow dockside tours that day.

Dockside tours: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Battle sail: 3-5 p.m. Adults $72, senior ciizens $62 and children $34.

Evening sail: 6-8 p.m. $54 all ages.

Monday

The ships and seaport will be closed.

Tuesday

Dockside tours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Tickets: To purchase sailing tickets, visit historicalseaport.org or call 8002005239. All sailing tickets include admission to the Seaport.

Foss Waterway Seaport: For information on hours and admission, go to fosswaterwayseaport.org or call 253-272-2750.

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