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Meet the Cannons

by Norris Comer

Lady Washington & Hawaiian Chieftain, Photo by Dee BrowningThe Aberdeen-based tall ship Lady Washington and companion vessel Hawaiian Chieftain are calling upon Kirkland until Labor Day (September 5) for walk on tours and 18th Century naval battle reenactments with real cannons and gunpowder for your enjoyment. The whole eff ort is a celebration of tall-ship history and the days of yore made to tempt you with the pirate life.

The Lady Washington should look familiar to Pirates of the Caribbean fans, for she was the Black Pearl in Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl starring Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow. The Lady Washington was built for the 1989 the Washington Centennial Day celebrations.

The Hawaiian Chieftain was constructed in Lahaina, Hawaii and specializes in educational programs. The two ships often team up for educational and adventure-themed events like this. The action runs from August 25 to September 5 at Carillon Point Marina, 1200 Carillon Point, Kirkland. Tickets for walk on tours, evening sails, adventure sails, and battle sails are available online at historicalseaport.org or (800) 200-5239. Prices vary from $5 for walk on tours to $75 for the three-hour battle sail for an adult. Check it out. It’s not every day that you can personally man the cannons of the Black Pearl.

Photo: Dee Browning.

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