Tall ships to visit Blaine this summer

Published on Thu, Jun 2, 2011
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Washington state’s official tall ship, Lady Washington, and her companion ship, Hawaiian Chieftain, will make brief stops in Blaine and Anacortes as they begin their summer tour of Puget Sound waters.

The stop in Anacortes will feature a public sailing opportunity.

After a two-week tour of British Columbia ports, Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain will cross the Canadian border on Monday, June 13, and tie up in Blaine for an overnight stay. No public availability is scheduled in Blaine for its first stop in Blaine.

On June 14, the ships will depart on a two-day passage to Anacortes, with an overnight stop off Cypress Island in the San Juan archipelago. On June 15, both vessels will pull into the Cap Sante Boat Haven in Anacortes.

Tickets are available for the Blaine to Anacortes overnight passage. For information and tickets, visit www.historicalseaport.org or call 800/200-5239.

At 6:30 p.m. on June 15, the ships will take guests on a three-hour sail to enjoy the sunset on Puget Sound. The excursion also includes a sea shanty, maritime storytelling and a chance for guests to help steer the ship. Tickets are $35, and space is limited.

On June 16, the ships will weigh anchor for Port Ludlow. Passengers are welcome.
Both ships return to Blaine from August 3 through 7.

Visitors can tour the ships at dockside, take battleship sails and adventure cruises.

Launched in 1989, the Lady Washington was designated as the state’s official tall ship by the state legislature in 2007. Based in Grays Harbor, Lady Washington acts as a tall ship ambassador for Grays Harbor and Washington state when she visits ports in British Columbia, Oregon and California.

The Hawaiian Chieftain, launched in 1988, accompanies Lady Washington on her voyages and offers educational programs to schools, home school groups, service organizations and clubs. The programs focus on the maritime history and culture of the Pacific Northwest.