TALL SHIPS HEAD TO HARBOR NINE-DAY VISIT STARTS MONDAY.Byline: ERIC LEACH Staff Writer
OXNARD -- Michael Kellick's journey from Simi Valley Simi Valley (sē`mē, sĭm`ē), city (1990 pop. 100,217), Ventura co., SW Calif. in an oil, fruit, and farm region; laid out 1887, inc. 1969. teenager to ship's captain had some unusual stops along the way.
After graduating from Royal High School in 1980, he served in Europe with the United States Air Force United States Air Force (USAF)
Major component of the U.S. military organization, with primary responsibility for air warfare, air defense, and military space research. It also provides air services in coordination with the other military branches. U.S. and attended Moorpark College Moorpark College is a California-state funded community college located on a 134 acre (542,000 m²) property reclining on a hill in Moorpark, a town in Ventura County, California. , where reading Joseph Conrad planted a seed for his love of sailing.
He went on to graduate magna cum laude cum lau·de
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``I've taken education very seriously, and I see my role now as a teacher,'' Kellick said.
``Being a ship's captain is not about just sailing. It means meeting all the challenges that nature throws at us and pushing ourselves to be smarter, wiser and more capable as individuals.''
Kellick, 44, will be at the helm of the rare tall ship Hawaiian Chieftain on Monday when it sails into Channel Islands Harbor, where it will dock for a nine-day visit featuring battle re- enactments, ship tours and excursions on the water open to the public.
Another tall ship, the Lady Washington The original Lady Washington was a 90-ton trading vessel built in Massachusetts around 1750. She sailed around Cape Horn and participated in the fur and pelt trade with the coastal Native Americans in the Pacific Northwest and in tea and porcelain across the Pacific in China. , will also dock Monday.
Tom Hyde, communications director for the nonprofit Grays Harbor Grays Harbor is an estuarine bay located 45 miles north of the mouth of the Columbia River, on the southwest Pacific coast of Washington State, in the United States of America. The bay is 15 miles long and 11 miles wide. Historical Seaport Authority, which sponsors the tall ship tour, said one of the primary missions for the visits is educating children up and down the West Coast.
``We work with local schools arranging visits, and this gives the children a look at what life was like in the 18th century on board these ships,'' he said. ``The kids get an opportunity for a lot of hands-on learning. It's history that comes alive.''
Kellick said he discovered his love for tall ships when he saw one in Long Beach in 1994 and decided to volunteer to help out on the educational voyages offered by the Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. Maritime Institute.
This opened the door to a special opportunity in 2002 and 2003 when he signed on as a watch officer and film adviser to the captain on the Lady Washington, which was headed out for filming ``Pirates of the Caribbean This article is about the franchise. For other, more specific uses, see Pirates of the Caribbean (disambiguation). For real pirates, see Piracy in the Caribbean.
Pirates of the Caribbean .''
During the filming he worked as a sailing double for actor Orlando Bloom Orlando Jonathan Blanchard Bloom (born 13 January 1977) is an English actor. He had his break-through role in the early 2000s as the elf-prince Legolas in The Lord of the Rings and blacksmith Will Turner in the Pirates of the Caribbean , and when Kellick returned to Southern California Southern California, also colloquially known as SoCal, is the southern portion of the U.S. state of California. Centered on the cities of Los Angeles and San Diego, Southern California is home to nearly 24 million people and is the nation's second most populated region, he decided to go for his own captain's license, which he received in 2004 from the Coast Guard.
He first served as relief captain of the Lady Washington and took his first full-time command of the Hawaiian Chieftain in 2006.
``For me, it allows me to use so many faculties,'' he said, noting that his study of Shakespeare has helped him in his sailing career. ``Whether you are performing Shakespeare or sailing a tall ship, you are a tradition bearer, bringing centuries old art to modern audiences.''
How to see the ships
The Lady Washington is a 112-foot brigantine, a replica of the first American ship to round Cape Horn and land in the Pacific Northwest. It has appeared in numerous films, including ``Pirates of the Caribbean,'' ``Curse of the Black Pearl'' and ``Star Trek:Generations.''
The Hawaiian Chieftain is a 103-foot replica of an 18th century square-rigged ship built in the style of a trading vessel on the island of Maui.
Free tours of the Lady Washington and the Hawaiian Chieftain will be offered Monday afternoon from 12-5 p.m.
Free guided dockside tours will be offered Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 4-5 p.m. On Saturday, public tours will be offered from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The public can go along with the crew on three-hour cannon battle re-enactments Saturday and Sunday from 2-5 p.m., at a cost of $60 for adults, $50 for students 13-18 and for seniors 62 and older, and $40 for children 12 and under.
A three-hour Adventure Training Sail from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 11 costs $55 for adults, $45 for students and seniors, and $40 for children 12 and under.
To make reservations to come aboard the tall ships, call (800) 200-5239. For more information, call the Channel Islands Harbor Visitors Center at (805) 985-4852 or visit www.channelislandsharbor.org.
(ran in Simi edition only) The regal Hawaiian Chieftain's visit will feature battle re-enactments, ship tours and excursions on the water open to the public.
Thomas Hyde/Special to the Daily News
How to see the ships (see text)