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Feb 13, 2013 12:14 AM by Jeanette Trompeter

Tall Ships sail into Morro Bay

Morro Bay is welcoming some magnificent visitors this week. The tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain will spend the next 6 days in the seaside community. The ships will tie up at Sub Sea Tours, 699 Embarcadero, Morro Bay.

According to the Historical Seaport's website, which coordinates the visits, both vessels will be in Morro Bay from February 13-19 and offer walk-on tours, as well as two kinds of sailing excursions. The ships have also scheduled tours and a public sail on Presidents Day, February 18.

Walk-on tours are self-guided opportunities to explore each ship and speak with the crews. No reservations are required, though a $3 donation per person is appreciated. Battle Sails are re-creations of a typical 18th century naval engagement between two ships, complete with cannon fire, gunpowder, and close-quarters tactics, such as "crossing the T." Tickets are $60 for adults, $50 students/seniors/active military, and $40 children 12 and under.

An Adventure Sail is a family-oriented experience featuring sea shanties, storytelling, and a chance to help raise a sail and steer a ship, conditions permitting. Adventure Sail tickets are $39 all ages. Purchase all tickets for sailing adventures on-line or by calling 800-200-5239.

The vessels are also scheduling one-hour dockside programs for K-12 students, home school groups, and service organizations. Public schools designated Title I by the U.S. Department of Education (40% or more students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch) may meet criteria for a large discount on education program costs. For information and reservations, call the Historical Seaport office at 800-200-5239. Or visit

Below is the schedule according to the website.

2/14-15: Walk-on tours, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. No reservation required, but $3 donation requested.
2/16-18: Walk-on tours, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. No reservation required, but $3 donation requested.
2/16-18: Battle Sail, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., $40-$60.
2/17: Adventure Sail (Hawaiian Chieftain only), 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. $39 all ages.

Photo Courtesy: Leonard Gentieu/Morro Bay



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