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.
Captain at the Helm
The Captain of the Hawaiian Chieftain supervises a crew of sailors in period costumes as they sail out into Long Beach Harbor for battle.
Living History Sailors at Work
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
Unfurling the Sails
Sailors high up in the rigging unfurl the sails of the
in Long Beach, CA.
Ship Ahoy! The Lady Washington
A sailor in period garb aboard the
preparing for battle off the coast of Long Beach, CA
Rainbow Over the Brigantine Irving Johnson
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.
Hoisting the Sails
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.
Tall Ship Lady Washington at Sail
The elegant tall ship Lady Washington sails out into Long Beach Harbor for a mock battle with the Hawaiian Chieftain.
Tall Ship Lady Washington from the Hawaiian Chieftain
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
Pirates are Afraid of Soap!
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."
Blowing Bubbles at the Enemy
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."
Sailing with the Lady Washington
The Lady Washington sailing with a full crew and passengers for a canon battle off the coast of Long Beach, CA
The Tall Ship Lady Washington
The Lady Washington cuts a pretty picture sailing across the horizon.
Firing on the Lady Washington
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
Battle of the Tall Ships
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
Tall Ships Hawaiian Chieftain and Lady Washington exchange canon fire off Long Beach, CA
Fire at Will!
Boatswain fires off a canon on the Hawaiian Chieftain during a mock battle of the tall ships off the coast of Long Beach, CA
Firing a Canon at the Lady Washington
A reenactor on the Hawaiian Chieftain fires a canon at the Lady Washington in Long Beach Harbor, Long Beach, CA
Hailing the Lady Washington
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