Have you ever heard a sea shanty aboard Lady Washington or Hawaiian Chieftain and wondered “where the heck did that song come from”? This March in Oakland, you can finally find out!

For the second time, the tall ships of Grays Harbor Historical Seaport are partnering with Odd Salon, a San Francisco-based collective of history enthusiasts and storytellers who present “Expert talks on odd topics; odd talks on everything else”. In 2017, Odd Salon hosted two evening Sailing Salons, featuring presentations on hilariously bad pirates, sea monsters on nautical charts, adrift rubber ducks and much more.

On Saturday, March 24th aboard Hawaiian Chieftain, and Sunday, March 25th aboard Lady Washington, the experts at Odd Salon will present Shanty Stories, an evening sing along and exploration into the backstories of classic sea shanties, while underway in the San Francisco Bay.

Each night will feature 3 presenters discussing different shanties, so the two programs have something to offer new guests and those who attend both night! Shanties to be featured are Barrett’s Privateers, Jericho, Tommy’s Gone to Hilo, Drunken Sailor, Leave Her Johnny, and Randy Dandy Oh. Be sure to bring your singing voice, because shanties always sound better when you sing them loudly!

Shanty Stories is curated by Odd Salon Fellow and Historical Seaport sailor KC Crowell. This event is 21+ and tickets will sell out quickly. Guests are encouraged to come to both nights to experience a sail aboard each tall ship.


Sat. March 24th (Hawaiian Chieftain)

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Sun. March 25th (Lady Washington)

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Jack London Square (Broadway and Water St, Oakland CA)

Click HERE to purchase tickets!