People all over the West Coast are drawn to Newport, Oregon every Spring and Summer to enjoy its beautiful beach, historic architecture, and charming waterfront (and of course to visit the tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain!). Most visitors to the area do not know, however, that Newport and the Yaquina Bay once looked very different.

Over the past century, industry and erosion have dramatically altered the local ecology. Today the Oregon Coast Aquarium and other organizations are leading efforts to protect the region’s unique wildlife and habitat, and guest of Hawaiian Chieftain can learn all about their work during a special sail this April.


On Sat. April 28th, guests can join us for Yaquina Bay Past, Present, and Future, a two-hour sailing tour of Newport’s local waters with educators from the Oregon Coast Aquarium. Aquarium staff will point out features of the local landscape that have experienced rapid change over the past 100 years. Guests will learn how the interactions between people and the environment have shaped the geography of the local coast, starting with the fur trading expeditions of early tall ships. Passengers will discover how wildlife has adapted in response to these changes, also what local scientists are doing to monitor these changes.


This all-ages family event combines conversation and up close interactions with marine life of the Oregon Coast, all while enjoying the sailing experiences Grays Harbor Historical Seaport is known for.

Science programming is a rarity for the tall ships, so you won’t want to miss this unique event! Click the link below to buy a ticket today!


Event Details

Sat. April 28th
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Departing from Port of Newport
600 SE Bay Boulevard
Newport, OR 97365

All ages. Sailing aboard Hawaiian Chieftain
$49 Youth/$59 Adult