Set sail with the ship of your choice to enjoy blasting cannons, towering rigging, bustling decks and the magnificence of canvas full of wind. Work with the crew hauling up sail or simply sit back and enjoy the spectacular demonstration of skill, knowledge and survival!
Board and explore three unique historic tall ships this holiday season! Tour the visiting vessel, Hawaiian Chieftain, along with the Ocean Institute’s ships, Pilgrim and Spirit of Dana Point during regular public admission hours. Learn the history of the ships, Dana Point’s maritime history, and more.
Tour the visiting vessel, Lady Washington, a replica square-rigged brig, during her stay at the Ocean Institute. Learn the history American trading in the Pan-Pacific following the American Revolution. Named after Martha Washington, the Lady Washington was a pioneer in American trading.
The Spirit of Dana Point is a traditionally built replica of a 1770s privateer schooner used during the American Revolution. These ships were known for their speed and were used for smuggling. The ship is 118 feet long with a rig height of 100 feet… and 5,000 square feet of sail!
The Pilgrim is a full-sized replica of the hide brig immortalized by Richard Henry Dana, Jr. in his American seafaring classic novel Two Years Before the Mast. This historic voyage is the basis for the Ocean Institute’s Two Years Before the Mast education program.