On a grey day in Aberdeen on March 7th, 1989, the tall ship Lady Washington splashed down into the Chehalis River for the first time. 30 years later, the official tall ship ambassador of Washington State is still going strong, and has touched the lives of people from Alaska to the Caribbean!
Grays Harbor Historical Seaport is proud to celebrate 30 years of maritime history and education aboard our first vessel. Here’s some fun facts about Lady in honor of her special birthday:
- Our Lady Washington is nearly as old as the original Lady Washington was. That boat was built circa 1750’s and likely sunk around 1789 in the Philippines.
- Over 50 Lady Washington sailors have gone on to become licensed Captains or Mates
- Lady Washington has visited approx. 70 different West Coast ports since 1989, including in SE Alaska, Washington’s Tri-Cities, even Point Roberts, WA!
- In the past 30 years Lady has been featured in 2 major motion pictures, about a dozen TV shows, and a handful of popular music videos. In all, our tall ship has been viewed on screen by hundreds of millions of people!
This Thursday, Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain will both be in Monterey, CA making their way north to the Pacific Northwest for last Spring. Guests can come aboard for tours from 4:00 – 6:00 and enjoy a free cupcake and help us celebrate the next phase of our tall ship’s life at sea. And, you can purchase a special new T-shirt to commemorate this milestone, featuring the coordinates in Aberdeen where Lady Washington was built.
To our friends old and new, we look forward to sharing memories of Lady Washington with you all of 2019. Please join us in honoring the hardest working Lady on the West Coast!