Tall Ship Hawaiian Chieftain Brings Maritime History To Life At Jack London Square


Oakland, Calif. – Feb. 24, 2015 – It’s a pirate ship, it’s a trading ship…No, it’s the Hawaiian Chieftain, a swift, topsail ketch in port at Jack London Square at the Foot of Broadway. Built of steel in Hawaii in 1988 and originally designed for cargo trade among the Hawaiian Islands, the ship’s design is reflective of the Atlantic coastal sailing vessels in the latter half of the 1800s.

Hawaiian Chieftain Captain Chris Anderson says that today the tall ship is part of the Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority (GHHSA) and the ship’s crew provides a variety of hands-on educational experiences, ”We make it possible for people to get a true sense of what it must have been like for those who moved cargo in the earlier days of maritime trade.”

Captain Anderson talks about this living history experience in a new video released today. It’s available here: http://youtu.be/wFvOKkh4Dmc.

Visitors can take a dockside tour of the Hawaiian Chieftain for a small donation at Jack London Square. There are also opportunities to participate in ticketed sailing adventures and simulated battles on the San Francisco Bay. GHHSA’s mission is to promote and preserve maritime history and traditions.

The Hawaiian Chieftain is joined at the Port’s Jack London Square by the Lady Washington. Lady Washington is a replica of the first American vessel to make landfall on the West Coast of North America in 1788. For more information on public tours and sailing schedules please go to: http://historicalseaport.org.

Both ships will be in port at Jack London Square at the Oakland waterfront through March 5, 2015.

About the Port of Oakland:
The Port of Oakland oversees the Oakland seaport and Oakland International Airport. The Port’s jurisdiction includes 20 miles of waterfront from the Bay Bridge through Oakland International Airport. The Oakland seaport is the fifth busiest container port in the U.S.; Oakland International Airport is the second largest San Francisco Bay Area airport offering over 300 daily passenger and cargo flights; and the Port’s real estate includes commercial developments such as Jack London Square and hundreds of acres of public parks and conservation areas. Together, through Port operations and those of its tenants and users, the Port supports more than 73,000 jobs in the region and nearly 827,000 jobs across the United States. The Port of Oakland was established in 1927 and is an independent department of the City of Oakland. Connect with the Port of Oakland and Oakland International Airport through Facebook, or with the Port on Twitter, YouTube, and at www.portofoakland.com.


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