The other week two tall ships visited Oakland. The Hawaiian Chieftain and the Lady Washington cruise up and down the west coast, teaching kids and adults about sailing and history. Both ships belong to the Historical Seaport which runs the educational programs. The Hawaiian Chieftain is designed similar to an 1800s sailing ship, but was built to haul cargo in Hawaii, and so has a steel hull with three keels and a very shallow draft. The Lady Washington is based on an actual ship design from the 1700s. There were designs drawn up for two, but they couldn't afford to have the second one built. Instead, the larger sister ship was built and now sails around Tom Sawyer Island in Disneyland.