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Hawaiian Chieftain - a 19th century sailing ship replica visits the Oregon Coast
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You can get a glimpse into the world of yesteryear's wind-ship sailors when the Hawaiian Chieftain comes to town. Take a tour when she's in port and book passage to the next port when she leaves... the adventure of a lifetime.


The Hawaiian Chieftain Schedule

  • Coos Bay, Oregon March 20-24 with passage to Newport, Oregon March 25-26
  • Newport, Oregon March 25-30 with passage to Garibaldi, Oregon March 31
  • Garibaldi, Oregon April 1-4 with passage to Westport, Washington April 4-9

For dockside tour schedule and to book tickets visit the Historical Seaport Website

The topsail ketch c is a replica of a typical European merchant trader of the turn of the nineteenth century. Her hull shape and Hawaiian Chieftainrigging are similar to those of Spanish explorer's ships used in the expeditions of the late 18th century along the Washington, Oregon, and California coasts. Built of steel in Hawaii in 1988 and originally designed for cargo trade among the Hawaiian Islands, her design was influenced by the early colonial passenger and coastal packets that carried on coastal trade along the Atlantic coastal cities and towns.

The coastal packet service was part of the coasting trade based on mercantile activity of the developing seaboard towns. The early packet ships were regular traders and were selected because they sailed remarkably well and could enter small ports with their shallow draft. Out of the gradual development of the Atlantic packet ship hull form came the ship design practices that helped produce some of the best of the clipper ships of the later 1850s.

Purchased in 2004 by the Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority, the Hawaiian Chieftain joins the Lady Washington, the Official Ship of the State of Washington, in educational cruises and ambassadorial visits along the west coast throughout the year.

Hawaiian Chieftain Statistics
Tonnage: 64 net, 80 gross
Type: Auxilliary gaff-rigged topsail ketch
Sail Area: 4,200 sq. ft.
Ballast: 20,000 lbs. lead
Designer: Raymond Richards
Engines: Twin 235 hp diesel Volvo TAMD 61
Builder: Lahaina Welding Co.
Lead Shipwright: Drake Thomas
Year: Manufactured 1988
Hull Mat: Steel
Tankage: Water: 1,800 gals
Tankage: Fuel:1,800 gals
Range: 2,000 mile at cruising speed of seven knots, maximum 10 knots
LOD: 65'
LOA: 103' 9"
LWL: 57'
Beam: 22'
Draft: 5' 6"
Mast: 75'


Hawaiian Chieftain Docked in Newport, Oregon March 2010

photos by Our Oregon Coast





Hawaiian Chieftain Under Sail in Yaquina Bay March 2010