Hawaiian Chieftain


USCG Certification

Passenger Vessel (Subchapter T)


Hawaiian Chieftain is a 103-foot square-rigged topsail ketch owned and operated by Grays Harbor Historical Seaport. Built in Lahaina, Hawaii in 1988, she is a contemporary interpretation of a traditional design based on the European trading vessels that called in Hawaii during the 18th-century. Each year Hawaiian Chieftain sails the West Coast from British Columbia to San Diego in company with the Lady Washington providing “Voyage of Explorers” sailing and dockside educational programs. This hands-on-history program teaches 4th & 5th grade students about the exploration of the west coast during the 1790s. On weekends, the ships offer dockside tours and cannon battle sails. Hawaiian Chieftain and Lady Washington also offer “Two Weeks Before the Mast,” a crew training program, on a year round basis. Hawaiian Chieftain programs are designed to educate, excite, inspire and empower students and the general public. Hawaiian Chieftain also offers sail training and team building for adults, private charters and natural history cruises.


Flag: United States of America
Rig: Ketch
Homeport: Grays Harbor, Aberdeen, WA
Sparred Length: 103'
LOD: 65'
LWL: 62'
Draft: 6'
Beam: 22'
Rig height: 75'
Freeboard: 3'
Sail Area: 4,200 square feet
Tons: 64
Hull: steel


Who Sails? groups
Program Type: Maritime History, homeschools, youth organizations
Normal cruising waters: Pacific Northwest waters (summer), Near-coastal California routes (winter)
Season: Year-round
Built: 1988
Crew: 12
Contact: Brandi Bednarik, Executive Director
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