History will come alive in Sacramento as the tall ship Hawaiian Chieftain makes her return trip to town. The tall ship, part of the Aberdeen-based nonprofit Grays Harbor Historical Seaport, sails the waters of the Pacific each year along with its companion vessel Lady Washington, offering educational programs, free deck tours, and sailing trips.
From Nov. 1 through 24, Hawaiian Chieftain will be docked at Old Sacramento (1210 Front St.). On weekdays schools can reserve a trip aboard the tall ship for the Historical Seaport’s one-of-a-kind maritime heritage field trip Voyage of Explorers. On weekday evenings and weekends the tall ship is open to the general public for stationary dockside Vessel Tours for a $5 suggested donation. Hawaiian Chieftain can also be chartered for private events including weddings and workplace team builders.
Public Tours are offered Tuesday through Friday, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. ($5 suggested donation) and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. ($5 suggested donation). Vessel Tours are not available on Saturdays, Nov. 10 and 17.
The steel hulled Hawaiian Chieftain was launched in 1988 in Lahaina, Hawaii. Together with Lady Washington, the tall ships are among the most active educational boats in America, visiting approximately 40 ports each year. The tall ships offer a glimpse into our historic past, introducing people of all ages to the sights and sounds of 18th and 19th century maritime life.