|Hawaiian Chieftain is a 103-foot square-rigged topsail ketch
owned and operated by Grays Harbor Historical Seaport. Built in
Lahaina, Hawaii in 1988, she is a contemporary interpretation of a
traditional design based on the European trading vessels that called
in Hawaii during the 18th-century.
Hawaiian Chieftain was commissioned by Laurence H. “Baron”
Dorcy, Jr., who intended to use teh vessel to trade among the
Hawaiian and South Pacific Islands. Her design of shallow draft
and twin turbo diesel engines allow her to sail in many isolated
lagoons and pull up in to the beach, using her powerful twin diesels
to pull herself off upon departing. Hawaiian Chieftain's maiden
voyage was from Honolulu to Tahiti with a return to Honolulu and
then on to San Francisco. I had the good luck of sailing abord her
as first mate during this maiden voyage. After arrival in Sausalito, I
was captain for a couple of daysails including racing in the Master
Over the years, the ship changed owners several times finally being
purchased by Gray's Harbor Historical Seaport Authority. The
ship was laid up after wastage of steel plate was discovered in
2020 and is currently up for sale.
|Entering San Francisco Bay after maiden voyage
Hawaii-Tahiti-Hawaii-San Francisco Fall 1990
|Summer 1990 - At anchor Moore, French Polynesia first leg of maiden voyage.
|Last minute preparation in
the rig before departure.
|Lashing a flower lei to he jibboom and adjusting Dore topmast staysail
halyard.. It is tradition to cast the lei off when passing Diamond Head.
|Reading "In Search of Paradise"
at anchor in Moorea
|"Crossing the Line". I was the only shellback (a sailor
who crossed the Equator) on board so the first person
or "pollywog" to initiate into King Neptune's realm
was the Baron.
|Baron after his initiation and now serving
in the role of King Neptune during the
initiation of all the other crew members.
|Captain Paul Bonge being initiated into
the solemn Order of the Deep.