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Ahoy! Pirate ships in Kirkland over Labor Day weekend

Unleash your inner pirate! Get a taste of life on the high seas as two historic ships dock in Kirkland, including one used in the 2003 film, “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.”

Both vessels will be moored at from Aug. 27 through Sept. 2, at Carillon Point in Kirkland

The Lady Washington may be better known to movie buffs as the HMS Interceptor from the first film in the Disney “Pirates of the Caribbean” trilogy. In the film, Capt. Jack Sparrow, played by Johnny Depp, steals the Interceptor with the help of Will Turner (Orlando Bloom).

When not playing a role in the movies, the Lady Washington is the official ship of the state of Washington. The vessel is a full-scale reproduction of the original Lady Washington, the first American vessel to reach the West coast in 1788.

The modern version, 112 feet in length, was constructed in Aberdeen, Wash., by master shipwrights. The second ship is a topsail ketch, Hawaiian Chieftain, a replica of a typical European merchant trader popular during the late 19th century. Built in 1998, it was originally designed for cargo trade.

A full schedule of public dock side tours, evening sails and battle sails (family-friendly or adults-only) will be available during Labor Day week at Carillon Point.

For the dock side tours, crew in period dress will demonstrate basic seafaring skills, share stories and make maritime history come alive. On the ticketed sails, passengers get a once-in-a-lifetime chance to learn about life on the high seas while enjoying stunning views of Lake Washington. Adventure sails and battle cruises depart from the Carillon Point guest dock.

For information and tickets, go to www.historicalseaport.org or www.explorekirkland.com.

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