Launched on March 7, 1989, the brig Lady Washington is touring Puget Sound in celebration of 20 years of changing people’s lives. More than one million people have walked her decks since her launch, including 200,000 school children who have participated in educational programs. The ship visits more than 40 ports a year on the west coast as the tall ship ambassador for the state and Grays Harbor County. In 2007, the Washington Legislature designated Lady Washington as the state’s official ship.
Celebrating 20 Years of Changing People’s Lives: 1989-2009 – The Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) public development authority based in Aberdeen, Wash. that owns and operates the tall ships Hawaiian Chieftain and Lady Washington, launched March 7, 1989, now the Official Ship of the State of Washington. GHHSA’s mission is to provide educational, vocational, recreational and ambassadorial activities and experiences that promote and preserve the maritime history of Grays Harbor, the Pacific Northwest, and our nation while serving the needs of the community.