On Friday, the Lady Washington from Seaport Landing, a 25-acre former industrial property located on the south shore of the Chehalis River in Aberdeen, Wash., returns to Pillar Point Harbor, opening the decks to the public for tours and tall ship excursions on the Pacific Ocean.
Launched in 1989, the brig Lady Washington is a working replica of one of the first U.S.-flagged ships to explore the west coast of North America. Owned and operated by the non-profit Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority, she travels to more than a dozen California ports annually to deliver living history educational programs to young people and adults.
The Lady Washington makes its first coastal California stop on its 2012-2013 tour in Half Moon Bay before heading to Moss Landing on Nov. 13.
Walk-on tours are a chance for the general public to visit the tall ship that has appeared in several motion pictures, including the 2003 "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl" and the 1994 "Star Trek: Generations." The ship also appeared in the Oct. 21 "Once Upon A Time" episode titled “The Crocodile,” playing the role of Captain Hook’s vessel, the Jolly Roger.
An Adventure Sail is a three-hour excursion, which includes opportunities for guests to raise a sail, learn a sea shanty, hear maritime stories, and take the helm of a real tall ship, conditions permitting.
Lady Washington is also taking reservations for one-hour and three-hour educational programs for K-12 students and home-school groups. Public schools designed as Title I are eligible for scholarships that significantly reduce the cost of the programs.
Here’s the ship’s schedule:
- 11/9: Arrive Pillar Point Harbor.
- 11/10-11: Walk-on tours, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. No reservation required, but $3 donation requested.
- 11/10-11: Adventure Sail, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. $39 all ages.
- 11/12: K-12 educational programs.
- 11/13: Depart Half Moon Bay for Moss Landing.
Tickets for Adventure Sails are available at www.historicalseaport.org or by calling 800-200-5239. Educators, home school groups, and administrators interested in scheduling a K-12 educational program should call 800-200-5239. Scholarships are available for Title I schools. As well as excursions, both vessels are available to charter for weddings, film and TV productions, corporate events, and other group activities.