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The topsail ketch Hawaiian Chieftain, a long-time fall visitor to Old Sacramento, returns with a new addition to its educational experiences. On Saturday, October 15, and Saturday, Nov. 26, the two-masted sailing vessel will offer Voyage of Explorers Sails, which are based on the popular educational programs scheduled in Sacramento for 4th through 7th graders, modified slightly for families.

Arriving on October 3, the ship will be berthed at Old Sacramento just upriver from the Tower Bridge. Hawaiian Chieftain departs for Morro Bay on December 5.

The three-hour Voyage of Explorers experience includes hands-on activities at three learning stations: A Sailor’s Life, Navigation, and Trade. As an extra bonus, guests learn a sea shanty and help raise a sail. A ticket is required for all passengers, including babes in arms. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Tickets are $35 each and available at the link above or by calling 800-200-5239. Tickets may be purchased only by phone or online in advance. They will not be offered at the ship in advance or on the day of the sail due to city regulations.

In addition, Hawaiian Chieftain will be open for walk-on tours Tuesday through Friday, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. A $5 donation per person is requested. No reservations are required. The ship is closed to the public on Sundays, Mondays, and on Thanksgiving Day.

Hawaiian Chieftain is accepting reservations from educators for one-hour and three-hour Voyage of Explorers school programs. For available dates and times, call 800-200-5239 or view the Schools and Student Groups page.