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October 12, 2011
Hawaiian Chieftain tall ship expected to arrive in Sacramento

The Hawaiian Chieftain, the two-mast tall ship that replicates a 19th-century European merchant trader, is expected to arrive in Sacramento this afternoon for its annual visit.

The ship will be open for tours starting Thursday.

It'll tie up at Old Sacramento, Front and L streets, and stick around through Dec. 13. the ship will host school groups and other organizations for one- and three-hour education programs and weekdays and weekends.

On board, visitors can learn about navigation, basic oceanography and the lives of 18th-century mariners.

Public schools designated Title I by the U.S. Department of Education are eligible for scholarships for their students.

For information about scholarships or scheduling a tour, contact Roxie Underwood at (800) 200-5239 or via email
The Hawaiian Chieftain also will be open to the general public for walk-on tours. Most tours are scheduled 4-5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. A $3 donation per person is appreciated.

The ship will be closed Thanksgiving Day.

Built of steel in 1988, Hawaiian Chieftain is a replica of a typical European merchant trader of the turn of the 19th century. Her hull shape and rigging are similar to those of Spanish explorers' ships used in the expeditions of the late 18th century along the Washington, Oregon, and California coasts. During most of the year, the ship accompanies the brig Lady Washington on voyages to more than 40 ports along the coast. Hawaiian Chieftain is 109 feet, nine inches long, and her mainmast rises 75 feet off the water.

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