ABERDEEN, Wash. - With a few blasts from the cannons Wednesday, Executive Director Les Bolton at the Historical Seaport welcomed the crowd to the new Historical Seaport "Join me in welcoming the Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain home for the first time in 24 years of voyaging.
State Representative Brian Blake cut the ribbon, at the new homeport on the Seaport’s Chehalis River pier. "It's a great celebration to have the two ships back, and to cut the ribbon here at the new Seaport."
About 200 supporters, former staff, and fans gathered for the first South side sail-a-bration. Honored guests included Congressman Derek Kilmer "This is an awesome demonstration of the power of partnership. It is an example of our communities and our regions' embracing of it's heritage.
Also speaking Wednesday, an important person in the history of the Lady Washington, was former state legislator Max Vekich "I'm really excited and proud to be here, thank you all for your support.
In March, Weyerhaeuser transferred the former sawmill property in south Aberdeen to the Seaport, The approximately 24-acre site will be re-developed into a public waterfront facility called Seaport Landing.