Lady Washington 20TH Anniversary – Supporters encouraged to submit personal stories and photos

The Lady Washington’s 10-week “Rediscovering the Columbia River” voyage begins April 23. Scheduled stops include Ilwaco, Astoria, Cathlamet, Kalama, Vancouver, Washougal, Stevenson, Hood River, The Dalles, Arlington, Umatilla, Pasco, St. Helens, and Rainier. After stops at Westport and Aberdeen in late June and early July, Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain will proceed to Puget Sound. The Historical Seaport is working on a schedule that includes calls at Port Angeles, Port Townsend, Seattle, Tacoma, Olympia, Gig Harbor, Port Orchard, Bremerton, Everett, Anacortes, Bellingham, and Friday Harbor. Each city was visited by the ship in her first year of operation.

Lady Washington

Throughout their Columbia River and Puget Sound voyages, the Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain will offer public walk-on tours and sailings. For a complete schedule, visit www.historicalseaport.org.

Lady Washington is a full-scale replica of the first American vessel to visit the Northwest coast, arriving in May of 1788, followed one month later by Columbia Rediviva, Capt. Robert Gray’s vessel for which the Columbia River was named in May of 1792. Hawaiian Chieftain is a reproduction of a typical European coastal trader. Designated Washington State’s official ship in 2007, Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain visit more than 40 ports a year in Washington, Oregon, California, and British Columbia. Both vessels are owned and operated by Aberdeen-based Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority.

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.

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