This April Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain will be returning to one of our favorite Victorian seaports after a 3 year absence. No, we’re not talking about San Francisco, Astoria, or Port Townsend (though we love them too!), we are sending the tall ships back to Eureka! And this visit to the Queen City of the Ultimate West will be even more special than usual as our vessels will be featured attractions in the first ever Salt and Fog Fish Festival.

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Like our own Grays Harbor, the Humboldt Bay’s regional economy has historically been driven by logging and fishing. While the hey-day of timber has come and gone, fishing lives on in Eureka. To honor this heritage, and celebrate the fresh catches of Spring, the City of Eureka is sponsoring a new festival for locals and visitors alike to sample, sip, and slurp all of the area’s culinary delights. On Friday, April 26th the festival kicks off with a pirate pub crawl on the downtown waterfront. Anchoring one end of the trail will be Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain, which will be open for tours by donation from 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM. A booty of tasty local beers, live music, and a chance to come aboard our vessels await you!

Related imageBring an appetite for Saturday, because April 27th is all about the food. There will be a chowder cook off and a crab feed for hungry guests. Attendees will also enjoy an artisan market and on the water paddle activities. History buffs and environmental advocates alike should plan their sailing ticket purchases for Saturday morning. Lady Washington will host Eureka City Councilor and Humboldt State lecturer special Natalie Arroyo for a special Natural History Sail from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Natalie will discuss changes to the local ecology over the past century, and the efforts to protect this vital natural area through restorative trails, actions to combat climate change, and evolution in the commercial fishing industry. This talk under sail will be illuminated by period photos and maps and augmented by the shanties of our crew!

The festival concludes with the return of the popular Fish Out of Water 5K downtown. Afterward, local restaurants and bars will be offering Bloody Mary’s for race-wary runners. And no festival with our tall ships is complete without our famous Battle Sails, taking place within view of the Salt and Fog festival grounds on Saturday and Sunday from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Mark your calendars and book your hotel fast, because tall ship tickets are limited and the first Salt and Fog Festival will draw crowds. For more festival information including parking, tickets and location details, please visit the event website.

Tall Ship Schedule:

Sat. April 26
Vessel Tours: 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM ($5 suggested donation)

Sat. April 27
Vessel Tours: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM ($5 suggested donation) – Hawaiian Chieftain only
Natural History Sail: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM ($49/$55) – Lady Washington only
Battle Sail: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM ($65/$85)

Sun. April 28
Vessel Tours: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM ($5 suggested donation)
Battle Sail: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM ($65/$85)


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