Frequently Asked Questions


Q: Are the ships wheelchair accessible?

A: No. While we are not able to board guests confined to a wheelchair we will do our best to help anyone come aboard. Please contact us so we may find how best to welcome you to the tall ships.

Q: Are animals allowed on the tall ships?

A: Service animals are always welcome on our vessels. Personal pets on a leash may be allowed aboard by permission of the Captain. The Captain can allow or deny pets to come aboard at their discretion with consideration to the animal’s behavior and health, and the potential for the animal to cause allergic reactions, make other guests uncomfortable, or otherwise affect vessel operations.

Q: What is a Vessel Tour?

A: Our tours are self directed visits at the dock during designated tour hours. You are free to walk around on deck and in open compartments to catch a glimpse of life aboard a working tall ship. While there are no “tour guides”, members of the crew will be stationed at points of interest on the vessel to answer any questions you may have and tell you more about the boats, the history we interpret, and our lives living aboard.

Q: Is a ticket necessary for Vessel Tours while the ships are docked at port?

A: No. Our Vessel Tours are open with a suggested donation of $5, but all are welcome.

Q: What is a Battle Sail/Adventure Sail/ Evening Sail?

A. For details on what to expect during of each type of sail we offer, please review the sail descriptions section of our Tours and Sailing Tickets page.

Q: How do I buy a ticket?

A: To buy a ticket for one of our sailings, please visit our Tours and Sailing Tickets page and select your port, or call 1-800-200-5239. Tickets may also be purchased at the boats during Vessel Tours, as available.

Q: What is your refund and exchange policy?

A: We are happy to offer you a refund or exchange for your sailing ticket with at least 72 hours notice. 7 days notice is required for full refund of a Passage and a 30 day cancellation notice is needed for a full refund of a Charter. For qualified refunds or exchanges, Grays Harbor Historical Seaport can offer an exchange for a later sail time during that stay, a voucher for a future sail in the amount, or a full refund less a processing fee. If a sail is cancelled due to poor weather, mechanical failure, or other circumstance, we will offer guests the option to reschedule for a future sail or offer a full refund.

Q: What should I bring/wear during my sail?

A: Please review our Guide to Sailing for a list of recommended items and clothing to have during your sail.

Q: What is a Passage?

A: A Passage is a one-way voyage from from port A to port B. A Passage can range from a few hours to several days depending on the port schedule. On longer Passages, you may be assigned a watch and asked to help with ship operations. Meals and a bunk are provided on Passages of five hours or longer.

Q: How do I donate goods and services?

A: Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain greatly appreciate donated goods and services that further our educational and ambassadorial missions. Please contact us for a list of current needs.

Q: How do I make a donation?

A. You can always make a donation to Grays Harbor Historical Seaport and the tall ships by visiting the Donate page on our website or by calling us at 800-200-5239.

Q: Can I donate with PayPal?

A: Yes! To donate with PayPal, click the donate button below.

Q: How do I become a member?

A: Please visit the Membership page on our website to find out about all the great benefits of joining our organization as a member.

Q: Is my donation tax deductible?

A: Yes. GHHS is a designated 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization and your monetary contribution is 100% tax deductible. Memberships are deductible above the value of any gifts included in your membership level.

Q: How do I arrange an education program?

A: Our Voyage of Explorers field trips can be reserved by any K-12 educational institution, home school, or scout group. Please visit our Education page for pricing, scholarship and reservation information.

Q: Can I charter a ship for a wedding?

A: Yes. Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain are available for weddings, private parties, and special events. Because our schedule can change and travel time is weather dependent, we recommend interested charterers have the flexibility to plan their event within 6 months. For rates and details please visit our Charters page.

Q: Are you hiring?

A: Please visit our Jobs page for our current openings.

Q: How can I volunteer on your ships?

A: Those interested in joining us as volunteer crew should visit our Sail Training page. Those interested in supporting the tall ships with in-kind goods and services should visit our Volunteering page.

Q: Do you build ships?

A: Grays Harbor Historical Seaport is not involved in shipbuilding activities at this time.

Q: How is GHHS financed?

A: As a 501(c)3 non profit public development authority, Grays Harbor Historical Seaport receives no sustained support from public funding. All income for the tall ships and their programs come from ticket sales, contributions from dedicated supporters and members, and private funding from foundations and non profit granting agencies.