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Tall ship Lady Washington arriving late to Bellingham, one event canceled

The tall ships Lady Washington, left, and the Hawaiian Chieftain engage in a mock battle sail in Bellingham Bay in 2013.
The tall ships Lady Washington, left, and the Hawaiian Chieftain engage in a mock battle sail in Bellingham Bay in 2013. pdwyer@bhamherald.com

Because of a schedule change, the tall ship Lady Washington will arrive at Squalicum Harbor Marina on Friday, July 22, three days later than previously announced.

Lady Washington’s companion tall ship Hawaiian Chieftain remains on its original schedule, arriving the afternoon of Tuesday, July 19, said Joe Follansbee, communications director for the Grays Harbor Historical Seaport, the nonprofit educational organization that operates the two ships.

Without providing details, the Lady Washington’s captain said by mobile phone Monday, July 18, that the ship is part of a movie production and will be delayed. Expected arrival would be about noon Friday, entering Bellingham Bay from the south.

Because of the schedule change, the 2-4 p.m. “battle sail” scheduled for Wednesday, July 20, has been canceled. Ticket holders should call 800-200-5239 for a refund or exchange. Hawaiian Chieftain will be available for walk-on tours from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, July 20-21.

The balance of the ships’ three-week schedule in Bellingham and Blaine remains unchanged. Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain will dock at Squalicum Harbor Gate 5 through Aug. 3, then depart Aug. 4 for Blaine Harbor, where they will offer sailing excursions and dockside tours Aug. 5-7 and participate in Drayton Harbor Days, Aug. 6-7.

Cost for sailing excursions is $35 to $75, with group and online booking discounts available. Dockside tours are free, with a $5 requested donation.

For the sailing schedule and to book tours, go to historicalseaport.org; 360-532-8611.

Robert Mittendorf: 360-756-2805, @goMittygo

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