Old sailboat stops traffic in Sacramento

Traffic in downtown Sacramento comes to a halt thanks to passing ship. (Nov. 17, 2016)

A Victorian style sail boat is stopping traffic in downtown Sacramento.
 
The tower bridge has to raise up 4 times a day so the 75 foot tall ship can maneuver through the Sacramento River. The 1850's replica sail boat is called the Hawaiian Chieftain and its docking in Old Town for educational purposes.
 
"We teach kids and adults what it was like to live on a ship in the late 1700's and 1800's," said Captain Andrew Malidore. 
 
The Hawaiian Chieftain sets sail twice a day often using grade schoolers as ship hands. To be a crew member you have to go through rigorous training in navigation.
 
"We teach them the basics of navigation using the same tools used over 200 years ago."  Malidore said. The sailors in training learn how explorers and merchants trade goods like iron tools and animal skins. 
 
Sailing trips have to be booked in advance but the deck is open to the public at Sacramento's Old Town dock. Viewing is Tuesday through Friday 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Then again on Saturday at 1 p.m. 
 

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