PORT OF ILWACO - Jenna Austin, coordinator of this year's visits by the Tall Ships to the Port of Ilwaco, gave an update on the ships' arrival this week during a port commission meeting Monday.

Numerous activities, including lots and lots of pirates, are planned during the ships' four-day visit beginning with the grand arrival Thursday at 4 p.m. Free tours of the Lady Washington and the Hawaiian Chieftan will follow a blessing by the Chinook Indian Tribe. Admission will be charged after 6 p.m. for the tours.

A large bus will be set up near the ships where visitors may purchase tickets and souvenirs.

The theme of this year's visit is "A Nautical Renaissance."

It'll be all pirates, all the time, during this visit by the ships. A pirate living history encampment Saturday will include a ship-biscuit tasting and tips on how to prevent scurvy, musicians and authors of pirate books.

Commemorative "doubloons" are available at several locations and may be used for discounts at port businesses.

On Sunday, the ships will sail to Astoria at 2 p.m., for a "battle sail," then will go upriver at 6 p.m. A return visit is planned for June 9 to 12 with the grand arrival scheduled for noon on Friday, June 9. A kids' treasure hunt will be held June 11.

"Activities will be the same as last year - but more," Austin said.

Tall Ships in Ilwaco May 18 to 21

Thursday - Grand Arrival - 4 p.m. - with Chinook Indian blessing and free tours of ships until 6 p.m.

Friday - School programs and dockside tours from 4 to 6 p.m. Admission will be charged.

Saturday - "Pirate Invasion Day" beginning at 10 a.m. including sword fights. More information available at www.nauticalrenaissance.com.

Dockside tours - 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Battle Sail - 2 to 5 p.m., reservations required, (800) 200-LADY.

Pirate Battle Sail - 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Sunday - Dockside tours - 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Battle Sail to Astoria - 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. with return transportation to Ilwaco provided by Pacific Transit.

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