Tall ships return

Lady Washington, the official ship of Washington State, and companion ship Hawaiian Chieftain will return to Blaine next month for six days, including for Drayton Harbor Days, Aug. 6 to 7.

The ships are scheduled to arrive the afternoon of Aug. 2 at Blaine Harbor Marina, 235 Marine Dr., and will be open for public walk-on tours and sailing opportunities.

Evening sails include demonstrations of tall-ship handling and a chance to take the helm of a real tall ship, conditions permitting.

Battle sails feature a recreation of a typical naval skirmish of the late 18th century, complete with booming cannon (firing blanks with real gunpowder).

Groups of eight or more for battle sails automatically receive a 15 per cent discount. Tickets are available online at www.historicalseaport.org or by calling 1-800-200-5239. (Early reservations are strongly recommended.)

They will be open for walk-on tours Aug. 3-5, noon to 5 p.m.; and Aug. 6-7, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Crew in period costume will welcome visitors and answer questions.

A $3 donation per person is appreciated.