The tall ship Hawaiian Chieftain must undergo extensive repairs that will keep her out of operation for approximately three months.
Last month, the Grays Harbor Historical Seaport identified significant needs during the ship’s regularly scheduled haul-out in Port Townsend. An ultrasound of the ship’s hull and mast showed two sections of the hull needed major repairs. In addition, Port Townsend Shipwrights determined that a new bowsprit would need to be fabricated, and repairs to aft cabin windows would be necessary. Standard maintenance including rust removal, priming and paint also are needed.
For the approximately three months that Chieftain is out of water, Lady Washington will continue to sail on schedule.
The Historical Seaport is submitting new grant requests for the work. To keep costs down, the nonprofit has entered talks for welding to be completed by maritime cadets to help fulfill their required seamanship coursework. In addition, it is offering a stipend, room, board and sailing to retired professional welders or shipwrights willing to help repair Chieftain. Those interested may contact marine operations coordinator Roxie Underwood at email@example.com.
For more information or to donate toward Chieftain’s repairs, please call 800-200-5239.