It’s not every day a tall ship rolls in to town, and when one does it’s quite a site to behold! The crews of Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain are used to bewildered looks on visitors faces, and we strive to create unique events that inspire and amaze all ages.

Grays Harbor Historical Seaport is excited to announce that we are partnering on an event in Seattle this month with Atlas Obscura, the definitive guide to the world’s most wondrous and curious places. In addition to the popular website and bestselling book, Atlas Obscura hosts exclusive events through its local chapters. Historical Seaport has collaborated with the Seattle Obscura Chapter on a unique two-part event curated by Shin Yu Pai, head of the Seattle Obscura Chapter.

On Sunday, August 13th, Lady Washington set sail in Lake Union in the heart of Seattle for Monsters and Music. Local author and filmmaker Daryle Conners presented stories of mythical Pacific Northwest sea creatures, including Willatuck the Puget Sound sea serpent, Cuddy the sea-dwelling Cadborosaurus, and the Northwest Tree Octopus. Guests also enjoyed the shimmery ethereal sounds of accordionist and composer Kyle Hanson of The Murkies.

Part two of the event is Sea Shanties on Lake Washington. On Friday, September 8th at Carillon Point in Kirkland, WA, Lady Washington will welcome guests aboard for a night of music and sailing. The crew will perform some of their favorite shanties, and is proud to be joined by acclaimed musician and composer Michael Owcharuk and the sea creature-inspired Old Time outfit The Mermen. As with any Historical Seaport sail, guests will also get to witness the sights and sounds of the golden age of sail.

Tickets are still available for this two hour evening sail! Click here to reserve a space.

This event follows a string of recent collaborative sailing events between Historical Seaport and organizations that promote history and adventure. Do you work for a company that wants to partner on an event with the tall ships? Email Zachary Stocks at to discuss what you have in mind. Want to know more about Atlas Obscura and the Seattle Obscura Chapter? Email Shin Yu Pai at