ABERDEEN, Wash. - The tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain will take part in the “Paddle to Quinault 2013” event scheduled for July 27 to Aug. 1. The Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority, working in cooperation with the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary and the Quinault Indian Nation, announced the participation of the Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain in the “Paddle to Quinault 2013” event scheduled on July 27 to August 1, 2013. The vessels were invited by the Quinault Nation to escort up to 100 ocean-going canoes from First Nations communities in Washington, and British Columbia as they travel along the open coast of the National Marine Sanctuary from Neah Bay to Taholah.
GHHSA executive director Les Bolton says they are very excited to be able to participate in this event. 2013 marks the 225th anniversary of the first contact between the newly independent United States and the rich coastal cultures of the Pacific Northwest. Since that first contact seven generations ago, our world has changed significantly and they want people to see how much it has changed.
For Paddle to Quinault 2013, Lady Washington, the official ship of the state of Washington, and Hawaiian Chieftain will provide on-the-water safety and logistical support for all event participants. The organizations will also document the event to encourage other cross-cultural efforts. For details about Paddle to Quinault, visit the event website athttp://www.paddletoquinault.org/.