Brady is pretty sure he saw a few real pirate ships today. Until I explained to him that the " Lady Washington" which he was scouring for cannons and guns (there are 4, he found them instantly), was actually the first American vessel to make landfall on the West coast of North America. She was also the first American ship to visit Honolulu, Hong Kong and Japan, and then opened the black pearl and sandalwood trade between Hawaii and the Orient. These days, the full scale replica of the Lady Washington, which was launched in 1989, makes stops at 52 ports a year from San Diego to BC. Her sister ship, the Hawaiin Chieftain" is also here in Kirkland.
We had lots of fun previewing the tall ships at Carillon Point that will be here through Labor Day weekend. On both Saturday (9/1) and Sunday (9/2) there are two sailings, with a mock battle to boot, matey. The first is 2-4pm which is family friendly, and then a cocktail cruise happens from 5-7pm. The 12 person crew are there to explain how they sail the Official Ship of the State of Washington and answer all of your questions. From the giant wench with man-sized spikes to the 6 miles of lines, it's quite a sight to see. I even spotted a seafairing version of Brad Pitt (photo above, that's crew member Daniel Hawkins).
You can buy tickets here for roughly $36/adult and $25/child. Have fun! ~j