Monday, March 17, 2014

Tour The Tall Ships!



Tall Ships: Hawaiian Chieftain

The Tall Ships are in town! In Redwood City, in the Port of Redwood City, to be exact. I went yesterday for a dockside tour and I highly recommend going while there's still time.

What are the Tall Ships, you ask? They are the Lady Washington - a brig that is a replica of the original ship that existed in the late 1700s; and the Hawaiian Chieftain, a topsail ketch "built in 1988 and originally designed for cargo trade among the Hawaiian Islands."

Open For Tours
The ships are currently owned by the Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority whose stated purpose is to 'bring maritime history to life aboard their two tall ships.' They are based in Aberdeen Washington, but run up and down the western coast offering educational programs for students, public Adventure Sails, Evening Sails, Battle Sails, and much more.

For a $3.00 donation, you get to go on a dockside tour and see this . .

Adjusting a Block

Stern View

Tall Ship Rigging

 . . meet friendly, knowledgeable crew members -

Dressed in 18th Century Style Clothing

Combing out the Baggy Wrinkles to make the chafe gear softer.

The Fuzzy Things Are Baggy Wrinkles. They keep the lines from chafing against each other.


. . and view details like this . .

Lines, Not Ropes (I think I'm right about that).

Anchor Contraption (please don't quote me!)

I'd never been to the Port of Redwood City before. I found it very quiet and peaceful.

Yacht Club and Lawn

Harbor View




If You Go: The Tall Ships will be in Redwood City through March 30th. Then they move up to Pier 40 in San Francisco through April 6th. Check their schedule to see the complete list of times and different kinds of tours.

To Get There: From the south, take 101N and exit at Seaport Blvd.
From the north, take 101S to Woodside Rd/84W and merge onto Seaport Blvd.
Seaport Blvd. runs into the harbor/port. Make sure you go left at the sign toward the Port of Redwood City and not the harbor (like I did of course!).

Go Left Toward The Port
Drive to the Yacht Club and park (parking is free, at least the day I was there).

Yacht Club
Then walk toward the unmistakable masts of the Tall Ships and follow the sign to board.


I enjoyed myself so much that I'm planning on returning for the Battle Sail. It's not exactly budget, but you can budget for it! I will blog about it next.

And One More Thing: If you enjoy stories about ships from the late 1700s - early 1800s, I highly recommend reading Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin novels. The stories are terrific, the main characters endlessly compelling and the action is authentic!  You may have seen a movie they made based on the series - Master And Commander: The Far Side of the World, starring Russell Crowe. And by the way, it's also a great movie that did justice to the books.

Bon Voyage!

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