Pirate Ships on the Columbia, Skamania

Photo © Bob Harbison

We’ve all dreamed of being a pirate at some point, and this summer the Skamania Lodge in Stevenson, Washington, is providing an opportunity to make that dream a reality. On July 16th and 17th the lodge will host two 18th and 19th century replica pirate ships, the brig Lady Washington and the topsail ketch Hawaiian Chieftain.

The Lady Washington, built as a replica of the first ships that landed on the west coast and dubbed the Official Ship of Washington State, has appeared in several motion pictures, including “Pirates of the Caribbean” and the TV show “Once Upon a Time.”

The ships will set sail twice daily from the Port of Skamania County. The first sailing, a relaxing trip with opportunities to view the beautiful scenery, is from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. The second sailing, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., is for the more adventurous. Guests will learn about the ship and engage in an epic staged battle on the river.

Tickets for the sailings are $65 per person for adults, $45 for children, and free for children under 2. The crew will also give public tours at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., while the ships are docked, for a suggested $3 donation per person.

Skamania is located on State Route 14 (Lewis & Clark Trail Scenic Byway) about 45 minutes east of Vancouver, WA. For more information, or to make a reservation, visit Skamania Lodge’s website at skamania.com.