The annual visit of the Lady Washington and the Hawaiian Chieftain wraps up tomorrow with another opportunity to tour the two tall ships that homeport in Grays Harbor, Washington. They sail the Pacific Northwest every Spring and spread the history and culture of the early days of sailing as early explorers and merchants pursued their fortunes, and sometimes their deaths.
Part of the fun with these two tall ships in town is that you get to tour them for free unless you don’t mind dropping in a small donation in the kitty. However, if you want to get the full treatment, there’s nothing like sailing out under the Yaquina Bay Bridge and heading south off of South Beach where the two ships aim their cannons at each other and begin a sea battle that booms on for a good hour to 90 minutes. Here at NewsLincolnCounty.com we got a number of phone calls and emails from puzzled residents in the South Beach area wondering what all was going on out on the ocean. Yup, if you go out on either ship Monday at 2pm, be prepared with earplugs if sudden loud noises makes your hair stand on end. The war battle is the real thing – shooting blanks of course. The tickets to witness history are a bit pricey but they’re a once in a lifetime experience you cannot get any other way. It’s well worth it.
The Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain set sail Tuesday for points north up the coast.