The Tall Ships, historic high-masted replicas from the turn of the century, are scheduled to return to Crescent City next weekend with planned events April 19andndash;28.
During the visit, visitors can take a walk-on tour of the impressive ships, hit the sea for an evening sail, or even participate in a Battle Sail, an imitation of a 18th century naval skirmish using real cannons and gunpowder.
To welcome the beloved boats, the port is holding a two-day Crescent City Harbor Tall Ships Festival, featuring live music all weekend and local food, art and crafts vendors.
The Tall Ships festival will be Saturday, April 20, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, April 21, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the lot adjacent to where the Tall Ships will be docked on the Citizens Dock Road side of the inner boat basin.
Performers include Three for the Road; BorderCoast; Jefferson State Boondock Band; Hither, Thither and Yon; and Warren Barr.
Walk-on tours are a chance to visit the vessels at the dock and meet the crews wearing period costumes. Reservations are not required, and admission is by donation.
Battle Sails will feature a mock cannon battle with real explosions and 18th-century naval maneuvers. Only one ship will be declared victor. Cost is $60 for adults, $50 for students, seniors and active military, and $40 for children 12 and under.
Evening sails and Adventure Sails offer folks a chance to raise a sail, sing a sea shanty, and take the helm of a real tall ship. Tickets are $39 for all ages, except on April 29, they cost $29.
Tickets for all excursions are available online at www.historicalseaport.org or by calling 800-200-5239.
The harbor district is still accepting applications for festival vendors and performers through Monday.
The Lady Washington was constructed in 1989 as a replica of one of the first U.S. flagged ships to visit the West Coast of America in the 18th century. The original ship transported freight between colonial ports until the American Revolutionary War, when she became a privateer and explored Oregon, Washington and British Columbia in search of furs.
It was the first American vessel to make landfall on the North American West Coast and first to visit Honolulu, Hong Kong and Japan.
The 112-foot boat has appeared in several movies, including "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl."
The Hawaiian Chieftain, built of steel in 1988, is a replica of a typical European merchant trader around the turn of the 19th century. Her hull and rigging are similar to Spanish explorers' ships used to explore California, Oregon and Washington in the late 18th century.
4/19: Walk-on tours, 4 to 5 p.m. No reservation required, but $3 donation per person requested.
4/20andndash;21: (Festival)Walk-on tours, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. No reservation required, but $3 donation per person requested.
4/20andndash;21: Battle Sails, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., $40-$60.
4/20: Evening Sail (Hawaiian Chieftain only), 6 to 8 p.m., $39 all ages.
4/21: Adventure Sail (Lady Washington only), 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., $39 all ages.
4/23andndash;26: Walk-on tours, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. No reservation required, but $3 donation per person requested.
4/24: Evening Sail (Hawaiian Chieftain only), 6 to 8 p.m., $29.
4/27andndash;28: Walk-on tours, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. No reservation required, but $3 donation per person requested.
4/27andndash;28: Battle Sails, 2 to 5 p.m., $40-$60.
4/27: Evening Sail (Lady Washington only), 6 to 8 p.m., $39 all ages.
4/28: Adventure Sail (Hawaiian Chieftain only), 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., $39 all ages.
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