Seaport announces sailing schedule

The Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain are scheduled to return to Aberdeen on July 2, staying through July 7, the Grays Harbor Historical Seaport announced on Monday.

The 2013 summer schedule for the tall ships includes a week-long exploration of the San Juan Islands, participation in the 37th annual Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival and a visit to the Alderbrook Resort and Spa on Hood Canal. The ships will return to the Harbor from Sept. 18-30.

Throughout the summer, Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain will be observing the 225th anniversary of the first landfall by a U.S.-flagged vessel on the shores of the Pacific Northwest. On Aug. 14, 1788, the original Lady Washington, sailing from Boston around Cape Horn to what would later be known as Vancouver Island in Canada, made its first landing at the body of water now called Tillamook Bay. The stop was part of a fur-trading expedition led by Captain Robert Gray, who would later discover the mouth of the Columbia River and give his name to Grays Harbor, the home port of the modern Lady Washington.

Complete Schedule:

• Aberdeen: July 2-7

• Port Angeles: July 9-11

• Bellingham: July 12-18

• Anacortes: July 19-22; July 27-29

• Expedition Voyages Family & Youth Camp (San Juan Islands): July 22-26

• Blaine (Drayton Harbor Days): July 31-Aug. 4

• Coupeville (Arts & Crafts Festival): Aug. 6-7

• Brownsville: Aug. 13-15

• Port Orchard: Aug. 16-18

• Gig Harbor: Aug. 19-23

• Tacoma: Aug. 23-25

• Kirkland: Aug. 26-Sept. 2

• Port Townsend (Wooden Boat Festival): Sept. 3-8

• Alderbrook Resort & Spa (Union, Wash.): Sept. 9-15

• Aberdeen: Sept. 18-30

At most stops, the ships will offer public tours and excursions, including Battle Sails, which are recreations of a typical 18th-century naval skirmish, complete with cannon fire (without cannon balls), and Adventure Sails, which are family-oriented experiences with an opportunity to take the helm of a real tall ship. Tickets are available now at or by calling 800-200-5239.