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Tall ships to visit Vashon

The Lady Washington sails into Tacoma - Courtesy Photo
The Lady Washington sails into Tacoma
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The official ship of the state of Washington, the Lady Washington, will sail into Quartermaster Harbor along with another tall ship on Monday, Aug. 23, giving Islanders the opportunity to step aboard for an evening sail.

The Lady Washington is a replica of one of the first American ships to visit the West Coast and appeared as the HMS Interceptor in the 2003 film “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.” Its accompanying ship, The Hawaiian Chieftain, is a replica of late 18th century merchant ships and is similar to those that Spanish explorers sailed to the the West Coast.

The two ships will arrive in the harbor at about 4 p.m. and will salute the community with a cannon blast. Those who choose to take a three-hour sunset sail around the Puget Sound will see demonstrations of tall ship handling.

The ships are owned and operated by The Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority, a nonprofit organization that provides educational, vocational and recreational maritime activities that promote the preservation of maritime history. They visit more than 40 ports a year.

The sunset sail is at 6 p.m Monday. Tickets are $55 for adults, $35 for children 12 and under and $45 for students, seniors and active military personnel. To purchase tickets, visit www.historicalseaport.org or call 800-200-5239.

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