Hawaiian Chieftain History and Specifications

The Hawaiian Chieftain and Lady Washington will be leaving at 9:00 AM on Monday morning from Sausalito and will arrive in Bodega Bay on Tuesday, April 3rd. Passages offer a one-way extended tall ship experience, similar to 18th-century travelers. Experienced travelers accustomed to limited facilities only; you will be assigned a watch and may be asked to assist with ship operations. A ticket is required for all passengers, including babes in arms. Meals and bunk (no bedding) are included. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Passengers must board by 9 a.m. Departure time depends on wind and sea conditions. The ships cannot guarantee an arrival time. Info: 800-200-5239. Est. trip time: 24 hours.

The topsail ketch Hawaiian Chieftain is a replica of a typical European merchant trader of the turn of the nineteenth century. Her hull shape and rigging are similar to those of Spanish explorer’s ships used in the expeditions of the late 18th century along the Washington, Oregon, and California coasts.

Built of steel in Hawaii in 1988 and originally designed for cargo trade among the Hawaiian Islands, Hawaiian Chieftain’s design was influenced by the early colonial passenger and coastal packets that traded among Atlantic coastal cities and towns.

The coastal packet service was part of the coasting trade based on mercantile activity of the developing seaboard towns. The early packet ships were regular traders and were selected because they sailed remarkably well and could enter small ports with their shallow draft. Out of the gradual development of the Atlantic packet ship hull form came the ship design practices that helped produce some of the best of the clipper ships of the later 1850s.

Purchased in 2004 by the Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority, the Hawaiian Chieftain joins the Lady Washington, the Official Ship of the State of Washington, in educational cruises and ambassadorial visits along the west coast throughout the year. Hawaiian Chieftain also makes solo port visits as a sail training and education vessel.

Hawaiian Chieftain Statistics