ABERDEEN, Wash. - The Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority, which operates the tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain, is calling for volunteers to help with several projects at its Grays Harbor facilities, including a planned move in 2012 to its new Seaport Landing facility on the Chehalis River, as well as important maintenance on the ships.
The Historical Seaport invites volunteers to an orientation scheduled for noon Thursday, January 12 at its headquarters at 712 Hagara Street in Aberdeen. During the one-hour orientation, volunteers will learn about the mission and activities of the Historical Seaport and its ships, which are now in California on their annual educational tour. Volunteers will be matched to projects that fit their skills, interests, and schedules. Specific opportunities include:
- Ship maintenance - Painting, cleaning, restoration, rigging, engine maintenance
- Seaport Landing -- Site preparation, packing, moving boxes and gear, unpacking and storage, grounds-keeping, building maintenance, and office setup
- Spar Shop - Shop set-up, equipment maintenance, cleanup
- Archives - Cataloging and storage of Historical Seaport records, local history research
- Business operations - Filing, copying, bulk mail preparation, assisting with public event planning, such as a 25th birthday party for the Historical Seaport.
Seaport Landing is a multi-use visitor destination and home port for Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain. The facility will be located on the Chehalis River in South Aberdeen just south of the Chehalis River bridge. The Spar Shop is a business unit of the Historical Seaport specializing in turning ship's wooden masts and spars, as well as custom columns and poles. For more information about volunteer opportunities, contact Jan Jorgenson, 360-589-3999, mid://00000235/!x-usc:mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org?" target="_blank">email@example.com. More information about the Historical Seaport is at mid://00000235/!x-usc:http://www.historicalseaport.org/">www.historicalseaport.org