Professor Stephen Beckham and wife Patti Beckham.

San Juan, Gulf Islands and Victoria B.C. - Sailing with Stephen Dow Beckham

Cruising the Gulf Islands and Victoria B.C. with Stephen Dow Beckham

Dates: July 19-25, 2019

Led by Stephen Dow Beckham, Northwest Historian and Professor Emeritus of History
accompanied by Ginger Moshofsky ’83, Associate Director of Alumni and Parent Programs

Feel the wind in your hair on a Two-Masted Gaff Topsail Schooner, while Professor Emeritus of History, Stephen Dow Beckham, describes the history of the Gulf Islands and Victoria, British Columbia. Join Stephen Dow Beckham, and other Lewis & Clark alumni, parents, and friends, exploring the magnificent waters of the San Juan and Gulf Islands and on to Victoria B.C. aboard the historic Schooner Zodiac!

Guests are encouraged to join the crew, helping to hoist the 7000 feet of sails, or just relax in the Zodiac’s 1920s style elegance. Try out the Zodiac’s kayaks or grab the binoculars to see a passing orca. Share stories from your time at Lewis & Clark or compare notes from the day’s adventures while enjoying a delicious meal as the sun sets over the Olympic Mountains.


The Schooner Zodiac, a 160 foot long, two-masted gaff topsail schooner, originally launched in 1924.  While aboard, passengers stay in spacious berths (48 inch bunks) or private staterooms and socialize in common areas for meals and other gatherings. The Zodiac is heated and well ventilated.

Being a vintage craft, guests share close quarters on the lower deck. On the top deck guests enjoy the fresh air, starry skies and more open spaces. The 26 guests, plus the crew share three restrooms. Please take the virtual tour here.

While there are showers aboard the Zodiac, for water conservation purposes, guests are not encouraged to use the showers. There will be two opportunities during the course of the voyage, to take showers on land.

Standard berths are 48 inch bunks in the ship’s salon and feature a heavy curtain. 

There are two and three person staterooms on the Zodiac. The ship’s staterooms are located both forward and aft and contain multiple bunks, a sink, a mirror and a door for privacy. 

One must be able to negotiate stairs and narrow walkways in order to navigate the living areas on the Schooner Zodiac. See the virtual tour here

See the Schooner Zodiac photo gallery here. See pictures from the 2018 Lewis & Clark voyage on the Zodiac.

Group Size

26 participants.

Possible Itinerary (subject to change)

July 19th: About 11 am, board the Schooner Zodiac in Bellingham, Washington and begin the journey. Begin the sail and watch rotations, capped off with a happy hour and a delicious evening meal. 

July 20 and 21: Sail through the San Juan Islands and up to the Gulf Islands. 

July 22:  Spend the day in Victoria, British Columbia. Professor Beckham is looking forward to visiting the Royal BC Museum. Also proposed, is tea time at the Empress Hotel.  You may also choose to visit the Maritime Museum or check out Victoria’s Chinatown. Also in Victoria, the Emily Carr House which is scheduled to re-open in June, 2019, home of B.C.’s most renown Impressionist artist and author.

July 23: Watch for orcas and Steller sea lion as we sail through the Gulf Islands.

July 24: Continue our sailing adventures with maybe a stop for kayaking, paddling the row boat or taking a swim.

July 25th: Set sail back to Bellingham for an afternoon return to our dock in the Fairhaven District.

Note- It is important when taking a sailing voyage that you remain flexible to take advantage of the wind for sailing. Should the wind be uncooperative, we will take hikes, kayak, see historic and significant sights, and more.

Travelers on this voyage will need a passport that is valid through July 25, 2019.

While there are showers aboard the Zodiac, for water conservation purposes, guests are not encouraged to use the showers. There will be two opportunities during the course of the voyage to take showers on land.

Trip Details

****The two- and three-person staterooms are sold out for this trip. Please fill out this form to be put on the waiting list.****

Pricing Information
Standard Berth:
 $1600 per person. (We are currently working through the waiting list as a result of a last minute cancellation. Please fill out this form to be put on the waiting list.) 
2-Person Stateroom: $3600 for two people. (Sorry, we are sold out of the 2-person  staterooms. Please fill out this form to be put on the waiting list.) 
3-Person Stateroom: $5400 for three people.

Fill out an interest form here


For those who have already reserved their spot with the $500 deposit, the balance must be paid in full by May 1, 2019.

Included Services

  • Six nights aboard the Schooner Zodiac.
  • While aboard the Schooner Zodiac, all meals and snacks are prepared by the ship’s professional chef using the freshest Northwest ingredients.
  • Use of kayaks and sailing dinghy.
  • Shore excursions to state parks and quaint island towns. 

 Not Included

  • Roundtrip flights and transportation from home city to Bellingham, WA
  • Hotel accommodations and dinner on Friday, July 18
  • Tip for the Zodiac crew
  • Insurance
  • Any items of a personal nature

Cancellation & Change Penalties
For cancellations made prior to May 1, 2019 all but a $500.00 per person administration fee will be refunded. No refund can be paid for cancellations made on or after May 1, 2019. No refund will be given for services voluntarily not taken or for cancellations during the group itinerary. TRAVEL INSURANCE IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED and often must be purchased within seven days of making your trip deposit. It is available for a modest fee from most insurance companies and travel agents.

Learn More about Stephen Dow Beckham:

Unlimited use for Lewis & Clark College.

Stephen Dow Beckham is the Pamplin Professor of History, Emeritus, having taught at Lewis & Clark from 1977 to 2012. Over the years, he taught at the undergraduate college, the graduate school’s teacher education program, and the law school’s Indian law program.

He is known for his work with Native Americans and the American West, especially the Pacific Northwest and the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Beckham is a leading authority on Indian law and has been called as an expert witness in many cases nationally involving Indian treaty rights, casinos, reservation resources and boundaries.

Beckham has been honored as the Oregon Professor of the Year, and has been the recipient of the American Historical Association’s Asher Distinguished Teaching Award, and the Earle A. Chiles Award for “contributions to the understanding of the high desert interior of the American West.”

Beckham has authored over a dozen books including: 
Requiem for a People: The Rogue Indians and the Frontiersmen (1971)
Tall Tales from Rogue River: The Yarns of Hathaway Jones (1974)
Indians of Western Oregon: This Land Was Theirs (1977)
Lewis & Clark College (1991)
Many Faces: An Anthology of Oregon Autobiography (1993)
Lewis and Clark in Oregon Country: From the Rockies to the Pacific (2002)
Literature of the Lewis and Clark Expedition (2003)
Oregon Indians: Voices from Two Centuries (2006)

Beckham earned his bachelor’s degree in history and biology at the University of Oregon. He earned a master’s degree and PhD in history/anthropology at University of California, Los Angeles.


July 19-25, 2019