On 3/16/2013 members of the Dartmouth Alumni Association of Silicon Valley (DAASV) and guests boarded the Lady Washington, a historic tall ship visiting the San Francisco Bay. This was not another day sail. Instead, we experienced thrilling “Battle of the Bay” — a simulated maritime battle reenactment with another tall ship, the Hawaiian Chieftain. This was about real cannons (but no cannon balls), close-quarters maneuvers, and an educational taste of 18th century maritime life aboard tall ships. The Hawaiian Chieftain was populated by the Yale alumni club?
In 1788, the original Lady Washington became the first American vessel to make landfall on the west coast of North America as well as the first to visit Honolulu, Hong Kong, and Japan. At 112 feet, the modern Lady Washington is an exact historic reproduction launched in 1989, and is the Official Ship of the State of Washington.
At 103 feet, the Yale Club's topsail ketch Hawaiian Chieftain is a replica of a typical European merchant trader of the turn of the nineteenth century. Her hull shape and rigging are similar to those of Spanish explorer's ships used in the expeditions of the late 18th century along the Washington, Oregon, and California coasts.
Our swashbuckling adventure — perfect for the entire family — departed from the Port of Redwood City. Participants were invited to come dressed in their favorite Dartmouth or "Pirates of the Caribbean" gear. This was, indeed, an alumni event like no other!
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Photos (C) 2013 George Hamma.