Tall ships return to Antioch for tours, mock battles, March 2-9

battlesailTwo regular tall ship visitors to the San Francisco Bay Area will spend seven weeks and three days in four ports hosting school children and the public for tours and excursions. Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain, both U.S. Coast Guard-inspected passenger vessels, will stop in Oakland, Antioch, Redwood City, and Sausalito. In each port, the ships will open for walk-on tours and offer public sailings, including the popular two-ship Battle Sails. Here’s the dates for each port:

Oakland (Jack London Square): February 20-29.

Antioch (City Marina): March 2-9.

Redwood City (Port of Redwood City): March 12-23.

Sausalito (Bay Model): March 25 to April 11.

The three-hour Battle Sails feature close-quarters maneuvers with real cannon firing real gunpowder, but no cannon balls. Guests are encouraged to help operate the ship and verbally taunt the adversaries. Tickets are $75 adults, $67 seniors, students, and active military, $39 children 12/under. Most Battle Sails are scheduled on Saturdays and Sundays, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The ships will also offer two-hour Adventure Sails, which also feature a chance for guests to help raise a sail or take the helm of a real tall ship, conditions permitting. Tickets are $47 adults, $39 children 12/under. Most Adventure Sails are scheduled at 11 a.m. Sundays.

Purchase all tickets online at www.historicalseaport.org or by calling 800-200-5239. No reservations are required for the walk-on tours, which are usually scheduled for 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. For a detailed schedule of tours and sailings, visit www.historicalseaport.org.

Both ships are booking specially priced one-hour and three-hour educational programs for elementary school students and home-school groups during the week. For information, call 800-200-5239.

Launched in 1989, the wooden-hulled Lady Washington has appeared in several motion pictures and television shows, including Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, and Once Upon A Time. The steel-hulled Hawaiian Chieftain, built in 1988, accompanies Lady Washington on her voyages.

The Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) public development authority based in Aberdeen, Wash. that owns and operates the tall ships Hawaiian Chieftain and Lady Washington, the Official Ship of the State of Washington. GHHSA provides educational, vocational, recreational and ambassadorial activities and experiences that promote and preserve the maritime history of Grays Harbor, the Pacific Northwest, and our nation while serving the needs of the community.

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