Sail into Morro Bay for a Tall Ship Adventure
"I must go down to the sea again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by." - John Masefield
Looking for a little high-seas adventure? Then steer toward Morro Bay February 13-19 for the highly anticipated return visit of the majestic tall-ship Lady Washington as well as the topsail ketch Hawaiian Chieftain.
The ships are a treasure trove of living history. During their stay, the Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain will be offering walk-on tours and two options for sailing excursions. Crew in 18th century costumes will welcome visitor's dockside in Morro Bay for ship handling demonstrations, sea shanty singing and story telling. The ships will also host educational programs for K-12 students.
The Lady Washington
* Appeared as the Black Pearl in the 2003 movie "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl"
* Launched in 1989
* Replica of one of the first U.S. flagged vessels to visit the West Coast.
* Main mast of the 99-ton vessel rises 89 feet off the water
* Crewed by U.S. Coast Guard professionals and a number of volunteers.
* Replica of a turn-of-the-nineteenth-century European merchant trader
* Launched in 1988
* Designed for cargo trade on the Hawaiian Islands, with influences from early colonial passengers and coastal packets that traded along the Atlantic coast
* 80-ton vessel rises 75 feet off the water, with a 4,200 square-foot sail area
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit historicalseaport.org. Then stay and play in beautiful Morro Bay and make it a merry weekend. Visit morrobay.org for lodging, dining and visitor information.