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Caitlin Porter & Olivia Fabrizio: Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority

Adventure on the High Seas: Becoming a Tall Ship Sailor

Website: Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority

To sea with you! Did you know that right at this instant there are majestic tall ships sailing the worlds oceans? And that the deckhand steering the ship might be someone just like you?

Caitlin Porter and Olivia Fabrizio found this out three years ago and since then have sailed the entire west coast aboard the Hawaiian Chieftain and Lady Washington. They have learned the traditional skills of a mariner—from knots to wooden vessel maintenance, caulking a deck and tarring the rig. Their talk will explain what on earth all that means, teach you some extremely useful knots, and try to indoctrinate you with a desire to go to sea. No experience needed to start, and if you work hard you may find yourself traveling the world as a sea captain. 

It is generally accepted that a Tall Ship is a large, traditionally-rigged sailing vessel. There are many different styles of Tall Ships; brigs, brigantines, barquentines, ketches, schooners, sloops, and full-rigged ships. For hundreds of years vessels such as these carried men and women around the world and served as the quickest form of mass transportation.

The Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain will be docked in Vancouver, Washington from May 23rd to 27th as part of a Columbia River tour. With this lecture Caitlin and Olivia will invite the audience to a special Curiosity Club tour of the vessels on a later date (location and time TBA at lecture).