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Tall Ships Sail into Oxnard 2017

December 22, 2016

Oxnard Tall Ships

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Visit Tall Ships at the Channel Islands Harbor this January and step back in time to take a glimpse of what life was like at sea during the 1700s and 1800s.

The Channel Islands Harbor welcomes two ships, the Lady Washington and the Hawaiian Chieftain for your exploration. Experience the seas in the same way sailors did 200 years ago! Dockside tours coupled with adventure sails for all ages make for a real first-hand journey into maritime’s past. Arriving this year on January 18,  the ships stay dockside through January 23rd. After their visit to Oxnard, the Tall Ships will continue their voyage down the West Coast to San Diego.

Floating Teaching Vessels

Why visit?  In a word: adventure.  Tall Ships invite you not only to learn through touring these vessels, but to have a journey all your own. Enjoy a dockside tour or go on an adventure sail, and the two together make for a one-of-kind experience. Additionally, educational (K-12) and special sails are available by reservation. Especially fun for young ones, the educational tours offer a real adventure where genuine “battles” ensue, complete with re-enactments and blank cannon fire! The ships and educational program are put on by Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority.

Two Ships Representing an Impressive History of Trade and Exploration

The Lady Washington is a faithful replica of the first American ship to round Cape Horn and land in the Pacific Northwest. Named in honor of Martha Washington, the wooden merchant ship has a storied history participating in maritime trade such as fur, tea and porcelain. Equally as interesting, the Hawaiian Chieftain is an authentic replica of an 18th century square-rigged ship. It sails just as trade and exploration vessels did hundreds of years ago along the coastline. Now teaching vessels, both ships are “living” examples of how goods were moved to and from different lands and cultures more than 200 years ago.

Oxnard Tall Ships Sailing Schedule and Costs

January 18 – Tours: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. ($5 donation requested)

January 19 – Tours: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. ($5 donation requested)

January 20 – Tours: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. ($5 donation requested)

January 21 – Tours: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. ($5 donation requested); Battle Sail: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. ($75/$67/$39)

January 22 – Tours: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. ($5 donation requested); Adventure Sail: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. ($47/$39); Battle Sail: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. ($75/$67/$39)

January 23 – Ships closed to the public.


For information and reservations, call 1-800-200-5239.  Additionally, please visit to purchase tickets.

Information on events in addition to Tall Ships can be found here.


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