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The Ships from the Pirates of the Caribbean Sail Into Bodega Bay, CA.!

Updated on April 8, 2012
The Hawaiian Chieftain
The Hawaiian Chieftain

It was a swashbuckling affair, ol' matey! Nope, no Johnny Depp or Captain Sparrow arrived, but the two main ships used in all of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies did. They sailed in and did battle in the Bodega Bay Harbor, about 40 minutes west of Santa Rosa, CA. These ships are truly rare birds and the tours revealed just how cramped and tight the quarters were for the men. In fact, the ships seemed bigger in the movie and out at sea (if you paid for a ride) you became quite aware of who was the boss- the ocean, as the ship was jostled even in somewhat calm oceans and inlet bays. The Lady Washington was docked, it is better known as the HMS Interceptor from the first in the Disney "Pirates" movie line. The other ship was the Hawaiian Chieftain, both are from the 18th century. It has 12 six pound guns and carries almost 50 cannonballs.

Bodega Bay is famous for where Alfred Hitchcock award winning film, The Birds, around 1963. Most of the film was done there including the famous scene where the birds were attacking the children running down the street from the school. The church (as a school) is still there and used on a regular basis. Hitchcock also filmed two other films in the Santa Rosa area, one starred Santa Rosan, Natalie Wood, who was discovered as a little girl.


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    • perrya profile image

      perrya 5 years ago

      Yeah, it was great day-even the weather was perfect.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I am still on pins and needles when I watch Hitchcock's movie The Birds. I remember the scene you decribed as well. The Pirates of The Carribean ship was docked here last year for people to tour. It was bigger than I thought. Great article -- who doesn't like a pirate ship?