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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
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 rigging 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 Docked in Newport, Oregon March 2010
photos by Our Oregon Coast
Hawaiian Chieftain Under Sail in Yaquina Bay March 2010