Tall Ships Make Port in Eureka, Humboldt Bay

Walk on Board - Go for an Adventure, Battle or Evening Sail on Humboldt Bay
, the Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain will dock in Eureka, Calif., at the Bonnie Gool guest dock to offer dockside vessel tours, sailing cruises, and mock cannon battles. Dockside visitors can expect to tour the vessels and talk with the crew, while sailing passengers will experience the crew in action and the ship under wind power. 
Private educational sails can be booked for all ages, which delve into maritime history of the 18th and 19th centuries. Students (kids and adults alike) are taught to set the sails before breaking into small-group learning sessions.  
Aside from the rare opportunity to see a historic sailing vessel in action, a point of interest is often the crew themselves. The Lady Washington typically has a crew of 10-14, from paid officers to volunteer deckhands to participants in our two-week maritime training program. Some sail for the fun of it, others to learn the job skills of the maritime industry. As Captain Ken Lazarus explains:
Battle Sails feature a recreation of an 18th century naval skirmish with cannon fire (blanks) and close quarters maneuvers.  Adventure Sails and Evening Sails The Adventure Sail is a family-oriented experience that includes a chance to help the crew raise a sail, sing a sea shanty, and take the helm of a real tall ship, conditions permitting. 
Dockside Tours Tour the Lady Washington  while she is at the dock. You'll explore the ship and hear tales of life at sea for an 18th-century sailor. (donation requested).
The Hawaiian Chieftain is an interpretation of a typical early 19th century coastal trading ship. She's a square topsail ketch built in 1988 for the charter trade and measures 65 feet on deck and 103 feet overall (sparred). Although not as authentic as the Lady, having a steel hull, she's authentically rigged and certainly looks her part. She is unique with the rig of an 18th century trading vessel and a modern twin keel, shallow draft hull. Drawing only 6 feet, she is highly maneuverable in shallow waters.
Built in 1989, the wooden-hulled Lady Washington is Washington State’s official tall ship, and she has appeared in several motion pictures and television shows, including the 2003 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. Hawaiian Chieftain is built of steel, and it was launched in 1988. Both vessels are certified by the U.S. Coast Guard as passenger-carrying vessels.


Tall Ships

Hawaiian Chieftain on Humboldt Bay
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1011 Waterfront Drive
L St & Waterfront Drive
Eureka , CA

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  • These tall ships are replicas of typical 18th century trading vessels.
  • Reservations are recommended for the cruises and please be at the dock 1/2 hour before the ship departs.
  • Call 1-800-200-5239 for updated schedule and tickets