Hawaiian Chieftain arrives in Sacramento for annual visit

On Wednesday, Hawaiian Chieftain, a two-masted sailing ship modeled after typical European merchant traders from the late 18th century, tied up at Front and L streets in Old Sacramento. Tower Bridge is nearby, and the ship’s sails can be seen extending high into the sky when walking down the docks toward the water. For most of the year, the Hawaiian Chieftain sails with the brigantine called Lady Washington along the West Coast. The Lady Washington is the official ship of Washington and has appeared in many films, such as, “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl”, “Starship Enterprise” and “Star Trek Generations”.The two ships are owned by the Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority, a nonprofit education-focused organization. The Hawaiian Chieftain and Lady Washington sail to 40 different ports throughout the year, educating people on the history of merchant trading, the work and responsibilities of sailors and teaching the basics of sailing. “These boats are fantastic. People can come on and sail just like we do. We will teach them all that they will need to know to spend the afternoon sailing,” said Bosun Megan Grugett, her rank signifying a type of project manager for the ship. This year, the Hawaiian Chieftain sailed from San Diego to Vancouver, Canada, stopping along the way to give tours of the ship and offering educational sailing […]

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Homeward Bound

The Hawaiian Chieftain motors along the Sacramento River this morning towards the I-80 overpass and onward to the ocean as it heads home to Grays Harbor in Aberdeen, WA. The topsail ketch arrived in Old Sacramento October 15, 2010 to provide Adventure Sails and on-board tours. For more information on Hawaiian Chieftain, CLICK HERE>>> Sac Press Photo | Kati Garner

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A Pirate’s Life, Matey ?

The Hawaiian Chieftain had arrived in Old Sacramento just minutes before I got there on Friday, October 15. Leaving Antioch earlier that day, they sailed seven hours to reach Sacramento. They were hungry and had chores to do before they could call it a day. So, I captured their end-of-sail work before they were told to ‘stand-down’, which means you are ‘free to do what you wish.’ Six of the crew, four men and two women, secure the sails to the mast. They were way up there! They all scurried up the rope ladders on each side of the ship to reach the mainsails.   The sails at the bow are secured in place. Joel Ruud in the stern where maps and navigation tools are kept. The ship’s ropes are secured.   Dinner is prepared. The mast before the sails were tied down. The stern’s exterior.   The crew in Sacramento are Captain Michael (Jake) Jacobson,  Bellingham WA; Mate Nick Williams, Angwill CA; Education Officer Joel Ruud, Las Vegas NV; Bosun Sarah Baker, Bellingham WA; Engineer Don Johnson Eastsound WA; Cook Brandon Webber, Eugene OR; Topman Rachael Protas, Coupeville WA; Topman Rangi Ferris, Port Townsend WA and Topman Cutis Yu University Place WA. "The Hawaiian Chieftain takes on new crew all the time," said Joel Ruud. "Someone can just stop by and say ‘I’d like […]

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Ahoy down there!

A youngster climbs high aboard the Hawaiian Chieftain in Old Sacramento. Even with cloudy skies, the Chieftain is ready to sail.   According to Grays Harbor Historical Seaport: "The topsail ketch Hawaiian Chieftain 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 Chieftain is docked in Old Sacramento. Tomorrow is the last day to enjoy a three-hour sailing adventure. For more info, http://www.sacramento365.com/event/detail/41969 SacPress Photos | Kati Garner

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