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Kirkland, Washington

Sea Shanties Aboard the Lady Washington

Get out on the water in a night of sailing and song aboard the tall ship Lady Washington.

Spend an evening aboard the tall ship Lady Washington with Seattle Obscura Society Head Shin Yu Pai and Atlas Obscura! Guests will spend two hours on Lake Washington with lively performances by accordionist Michael Owcharuk and The Mermen.

Passengers will board Lady Washington from Carillon Point Marina and be given a brief safety orientation before leaving the dock. Afterwards, guests will be able to assist Lady Washington’s crew in setting the sails as the boat sets out underway. Michael Owcharuk will entertain passengers with a seafaring selection of music, while The Mermen provide upbeat tunes to an ocean-minded crowd.

This program is presented in collaboration with Gray's Harbor Historical Seaport, which is managing ticket sales for this event.


Lady Washington is Washington State’s official tall ship ambassador and has appeared in Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl, Star Trek: Generations, and ABC’s Once Upon a Time. It is a vessel of the educational non-profit Grays Harbor Historical Seaport, which leads maritime field trips and programs at sea in over 40 West Coast ports.


Michael Owcharuk is a composer, pianist, accordionist, and educator living and working in Seattle. His great love of the wide world of music compels him to work in many genres, including but not limited to: jazz, new music, modern chamber and orchestral music, classical, Slavic folk, rock, pop and music for dance, theater and film.


The Mermen are a singing, dancing, all sea creature-themed, Old-time music spectacular. Songs include ancient sea shanties, nautical instrumentals, and new time favorites. The characters include an angler fish, a squid, and a dancing starfish.


  • Purchase tickets through this link.
  • Guests should arrive at least 15 minutes early. We will depart promptly at 6 p.m.
  • Please be prepared for foul weather.
  • Lady Washington is NOT wheelchair accessible.


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Advance ticket sales only. All ticket sales are final. No refunds or exchanges.

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