Big Ships arrive at Ventura Harbor

Replicas of ships that sailed in the late 1700s and early 1800s made their way into Ventura Harbor on Friday for a monthlong stay in Ventura County, where they’ll offer dockside tours, educational sailing voyages, evening cruises and battle sailings, complete with cannon fire.


The Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain will be at Ventura Harbor through Feb. 8. They’ll move the next day to Channel Islands Harbor, where they’ll stay until Feb. 14.

The ships are available for sunset cruises for the first time. Three are scheduled, on Wednesday, Jan. 27 and Feb. 3.

Three-hour battle sailings involving gunpowder but no cannonballs will take place on weekends.

The Lady Washington was built in 1989 and is a wood-hulled replica of one of the first U.S.-flagged ships to visit the West Coast. It appeared as the HMS Interceptor in the 2003 movie “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.”

The Hawaiian Chieftain, which launched in Hawaii in 1988, is a steel-hulled interpretation of a typical early 19th century coastal trader.

Visit or call 800-200-5239 to book a sailing or arrange for a class or home-school group tour. Dockside walk-on tours will not require a reservation.

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