Saling Ships in the Coos Bay Harbor
The two sailing ships pictured are the Lady Washington and the Hawaiian Chieftian. They come to Coos Bay on average about once every two years. Quite often they are in town at the same time. Passengers are allowed to buy tickets to go out on the ships, and to participate in the mock battles. The cannons are quite loud even from about a mile away, and the plumes of smoke were seen before the sound reached the area I where I was taking these pictures. The trip is about a 2 hour voyage. The ships are docked downtown, but the mock battle takes place after heading under the Conde B. McCullough Bridge then heading west through the railroad bridge. The best vantage point to watch them is from the Airport, but it still is quite some distance. I had my camera on full zoom to capture these sailing pictures.