Tall Ship Battle in Long Beach

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    Tall Ship Battles in Long Beach

    Tall Ship Lady Washington
    Portrait of the Tall Ship Lady Washington with the Long Beach, CA skyline. Photo © 2007 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

    There are a number of Tall Ships in the Los Angeles area that you can admire from the docks any time. Some of them, like American Pride, also offer weekend adventure tours or whale watching excursions. Periodically, the local tall ships or visiting ships square off for a canon battle off the coast. It happens during local pirate festivals in the summer, and in winter there are often battles between the two visiting ships the Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain. The general public can buy tickets to sail along for the mock fight.

    On the next pages, enjoy a virtual photo tour of a battle between the Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain, taken from aboard the Hawaiian Chieftain.

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    Captain at the Helm

    The captain at the helm of the tall ship Hawaiian Chieftain
    The captain at the helm of the tall ship Hawaiian Chieftain. Photo © 2007 Kayte Deioma, used with permission
    The Captain of the Hawaiian Chieftain supervises a crew of sailors in period costumes as they sail out into Long Beach Harbor for battle.
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    Living History Sailors at Work

    Living History Sailors at Work
    Living History Crew Working Aboard the Tall Ship Hawaiian Chieftain. Photo © 2007 Kayte Deioma, used with permission
    It takes many hands to to operate the number of sails on a tall ship, which is what makes it a perfect opportunity for team building. For adventure and battle sails, crew dress in period attire to represent the the period of their ship - more or less. These sailors are working to unfurl the 7 sails of the Hawaiian Chieftain, sailing into battle with the Lady Washington.
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    Unfurling the Sails

    Unfurling the sails of the tall ship Hawaiian Chieftain
    Sailors in period garb unfurl the sails of the tall ship Hawaiian Chieftain. Photo © 2007 Kayte Deioma, used with permission
    Sailors high up in the rigging unfurl the sails of the Hawaiian Chieftain on the way to a mock canon battle with the Lady Washington in Long Beach, CA.
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    Ship Ahoy! The Lady Washington

    Ship Ahoy! The Tall Ship Lady Washington
    Ship Ahoy! The Tall Ship Lady Washington. Photo © 2007 Kayte Deioma, used with permission
    A sailor in period garb aboard the Hawaiian Chieftain looks across at the Lady Washington preparing for battle off the coast of Long Beach, CA
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    Rainbow Over the Brigantine Irving Johnson

    Rainbow over a Sailing Ship
    Rainbow over the brigantine Irving Johnson, a flagship of the Los Angeles Maritime Institute, seen from the Hawaiian Chieftain off the coast of Long Beach, CA. Photo © 2007 Kayte Deioma, used with permission

    The tall ship Irving Johnson came out to join in the spectacle while the Hawaiian Chieftain and Lady Washington were in town offering public battle sails off the coast of Long Beach.

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    Hoisting the Sails

    Hoisting the Sails of the Tall Ship Hawaiian Chieftain
    A crew member in period costume hoisting the sails of the Tall Ship Hawaiian Chieftain. Photo © 2007 Kayte Deioma, used with permission
    A crew member in period costume hoists the sails of the Tall Ship Hawaiian Chieftain during a mock battle off the coast of Long Beach, CA.
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    Tall Ship Lady Washington at Sail

    Tall Ship Lady Washington at sail
    Portrait of the Tall Ship Lady Washington at sail off the Southern California coast. Photo © 2007 Kayte Deioma, used with permission
    The elegant tall ship Lady Washington sails out into Long Beach Harbor for a mock battle with the Hawaiian Chieftain.
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    Tall Ship Lady Washington from the Hawaiian Chieftain

    The Tall Ship Lady Washington seen from the Hawaiian Chieftain
    Tall Ship Lady Washington seen from the Hawaiian Chieftain during a battle cruise in Long Beach, CA. Photo © 2007 Kayte Deioma, used with permission
    The tall ship Lady Washington seen from the deck of the tall ship Hawaiian Chieftain during a battle cruise off the coast of Long Beach, CA
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    Pirates are Afraid of Soap!

    Soap Bubbles to Scare the Pirates
    Sailors on the Tall Ship Hawaiian Chieftain blow bubbles. Photo © 2007 Kayte Deioma, used with permission
    Sailors in period dress on the Tall Ship Hawaiian Chieftain blow bubbles to scare off their counterparts aboard the Lady Washington because "pirates are afraid of soap."
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    Blowing Bubbles at the Enemy

    Blowing Bubbles at Pirates
    A sailor blows bubbles at the enemy crew of the Lady Washington. Photo © 2007 Kayte Deioma, used with permission
    A sailor aboard the Hawaiian Chieftain blows bubbles at the enemy crew of the Lady Washington during a mock battle of the tall ships because "Pirates are afraid of soap."
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    Sailing with the Lady Washington

    Passengers on Board the Lady Washington
    Passengers on Board the Lady Washington during a Battle Adventure off the coast of Long Beach, CA. Photo © 2007 Kayte Deioma, used with permission
    The Lady Washington sailing with a full crew and passengers for a canon battle off the coast of Long Beach, CA
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    The Tall Ship Lady Washington

    The Tall Ship Lady Washington
    The Tall Ship Lady Washington at sail off the Southern California coast. Photo © 2007 Kayte Deioma, used with permission
    The Lady Washington cuts a pretty picture sailing across the horizon.
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    Firing on the Lady Washington

    Firing on the Lady Washington
    Hawaiian Chieftain Boatswain firing on the Lady Washington. Photo © 2007 Kayte Deioma, used with permission
    Hawaiian Chieftain Boatswain lights a canon to fire on the tall ship Lady Washington in a mock battle off the coast of Long Beach, CA
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    Battle of the Tall Ships

    Tall Ships Battle in Long Beach, CA
    Tall ships Hawaiian Chieftain and Lady Washington in a mock battle off the coast of Long Beach, CA. Photo © 2007 Kayte Deioma, used with permission
    The action gets heated as tall ships Hawaiian Chieftain and Lady Washington exchange canon fire in a mock battle off the coast of Long Beach, CA
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    Canon Battle

    Tall Ships Exchange Canon Fire
    Battle sail off the coast of Long Beach, CA. Photo © 2007 Kayte Deioma, used with permission
    Tall Ships Hawaiian Chieftain and Lady Washington exchange canon fire off Long Beach, CA
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    Fire at Will!

    Tall Ship Canon Battle
    Canon fire during a mock battle of the tall ships. Photo © 2007 Kayte Deioma, used with permission
    Boatswain fires off a canon on the Hawaiian Chieftain during a mock battle of the tall ships off the coast of Long Beach, CA
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    Firing a Canon at the Lady Washington

    A reenactor on the Hawaiian Chieftain fires a canon at the Lady Washington
    A reenactor on the Hawaiian Chieftain fires a canon at the Lady Washington. Photo © 2007 Kayte Deioma, used with permission
    A reenactor on the Hawaiian Chieftain fires a canon at the Lady Washington in Long Beach Harbor, Long Beach, CA
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    Hailing the Lady Washington

    Tall Ship Crew Waves
    The living history crew of the Tall Ship Hawaiian Chieftain waves at the Lady Washington. Photo © 2007 Kayte Deioma, used with permission
    The living history crew of the Tall Ship Hawaiian Chieftain hails the crew and passengers of the Lady Washington at the end of a heated canon battle off the coast of Long Beach, CA