Stunning Santa Rosa Island

Stunning Santa Rosa Island

A Day in Channel Islands National Park By Captain Ryan 'Otis' Downs Last week, the crew of the Hawaiian Chieftain took the vessel from Dana Point, CA to another beautiful port of Southern California: Ventura. Since we had plenty of time to get there, we decided to...

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Tall Ships Galore in Dana Point

Tall Ships Galore in Dana Point

Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain to visit Ocean Institute January 5th through 15th The tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain will be open to the public in at the Ocean Institute in Dana Point beginning January 5th, offering dockside tours, dockside...

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The 12 Days of Boatmas: Wild Rover

The 12 Days of Boatmas: Wild Rover

During the Age of Sail, boats were at the forefront of cultural 'cross-pollination', particularly in terms of music. 'Wild Rover' is a folk song that became (and remains) immensely popular with tall ship sailors, who took the tune and lyrics from port to port as they...

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The 12 Days of Boatmas: The Last Shanty

The 12 Days of Boatmas: The Last Shanty

This contemporary shanty is a favorite of Hawaiian Chieftain's Captain Ryan 'Otis' Downs. "It's perfect for what we do", he says, because while we admire the old square rig sailors, "modern conveniences have changed the world so much for us. It's impossible to truly...

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