Washington’s tall ships are starting a six-week tour of the Columbia River, arriving today in Astoria, just prior to a visit in Rainier over the weekend. The Official Ship of Washington, the brig “Lady Washington,” and the topsail ketch “Hawaiian Chieftain” are scheduled to arrive in Astoria today, and will be there until Thursday. The two tall ships are scheduled to arrive at the docks in Rainier on Saturday, and will be open for tours from 10 am until 1 pm both Saturday and Sunday. In addition, they’ll be involved in a “Battle Sail” at 2 pm both Saturday and Sunday, and an “Adventure Sail” at 11 am on Sunday. The ships will move upriver after that, planning an overnight stop in Saint Helens on Tuesday, the 21st. The rest of May and June will be moving upriver, going all the way to Pasco in early June. Coming back downriver, The “Lady Washington” and the “Hawaiian Chieftain” are scheduled to arrive in Kalama from June 24th to 26th, then will head to Ilwaco before continuing their summer tour. Detailed information on the ships’ schedule, along with details on tours and sailing opportunities are available on the Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority website, at www.historicalseaport.org.