Historical Seaport revises individual and business membership programs

Aberdeen – Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority is pleased to announce significant revisions to its membership program for individuals and businesses. From its earliest years, GHHSA has invited supporters of education programs and its tall ships, Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain, to become members of the organization. Annual memberships help pay ongoing operating expenses, including fuel, provisions, maintenance, and moorage fees.
Individuals may now set their own membership fee that matches their budget. For example, the base Bosun membership allows an annual fee from $25 to $99. Other member levels include: Family ($100 to $499); Captain’s Circle ($500 to $999); Commodore Society ($1,000 to $4,999); Admiral Society ($5,000+). The revised membership program also features a “sustaining member” option, allowing supporters to set up an automated payment plan to make giving easier and lower administrative costs. New members receive a membership card and modest thank-you gift.


Businesses and corporations may also set their own annual membership fee that suits their budget and philanthropic goals. Revised business member levels include: Home Port Partner ($250 to $499, Grays Harbor County only); Port Supporter ($500 to $999); Port Partner ($1,000 to $2,499); Port Benefactor ($2,500 to $5,000+). Thank-you gifts for business members include an opportunity to send an individual K-12 student or entire classroom to a one-hour or three-hour education program on a GHHSA ship.


Historical Seaport individual and business memberships may be purchased online via credit card at www.historicalseaport.org or by calling 800-200-5239. Prospective members may also request a membership brochure by sending email to membership@historicalseaport.org. More information about memberships is available at the GHHSA website, www.historicalseaport.org.
Editors: Download high-res images of our ships at http://historicalseaport.smugmug.com. Click the “Media Images” category and select a gallery. We welcome media aboard to observe operations and interview crew. Contact (media only) Joe Follansbee, 360-589-0766,jfollansbee@historicalseaport.org. Information is subject to change without notice. Facebook:facebook.com/GHHSA; Twitter: @graysharborhist.

Grays Harbor tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain return to port in September

Grays Harbor’s two tall ships return to their home port of Aberdeen next month for public tours and sailings before heading to California for their 2014-2015 tour of Golden State ports. Hawaiian Chieftain arrives at Seaport Landing on Sept. 4 for brief stay through Sept. 7. In addition to making final preparations for California, she’ll offer public tours on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, as well as public Adventure Sails at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6 and Sunday, Sept. 7. Tickets are $43 all ages.
Lady Washington arrives at Seaport Landing Sept. 16 for a 17-day stay in Grays Harbor, including two days at Westport Sept. 27-28. During her time at Seaport Landing, crews on Lady Washington will conduct routine maintenance and offer public tours and excursions. The ship is open for tours Tuesday to Friday, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Here’s the excursion schedule:
9/20-21: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Adventure Sail, $43. (Seaport Landing)
9/27-28: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Adventure Sail, $43. (Westport Marina)
Purchase tickets at www.historicalseaport.org or call 800-200-5239.
Lady Washington is also booking K-12 educational programs for Grays Harbor County schools. One-hour dockside and three-hour sailing programs are available. Discounted pricing is also available for eligible schools. For information, contact Roxie Underwood, 800-200-5239, runderwood@historicalseaport.org.
Lady Washington’s visit to Westport coincides with the third annual Salmon Tales Festival, a celebration of the region’s iconic fish and the local fishing industry. Festival information is at http://salmontales.info/.
Launched in 1989 as part of the Washington Centennial celebrations, Lady Washington was designed by Ray Wallace as a replica of one of the first U.S.-flagged vessels to explore the west coast of North America. She was named by state’s tall ship ambassador by the Legislature in 2007, and she sails to more than 40 ports a year in Washington, Oregon, and California offering K-12 education programs and excursions. Launched in 1988, Hawaiian Chieftain was designed by Raymond Richards and built at the Lahaina Welding Company in Hawaii. The vessel specializes in educational programs for young people.


Editors: Download high-res images of our ships at http://historicalseaport.smugmug.com. Click the “Media Images” category and select a gallery. We welcome media aboard to observe operations and interview crew. Contact (media only) Joe Follansbee, 360-589-0766, jfollansbee@historicalseaport.org. Information is subject to change without notice. Facebook: facebook.com/GHHSA; Twitter: @graysharborhist.

Lady Washington & Hawaiian Chieftain seek crew for special Canadian film charter July 13-17

Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain have immediate needs for crew during a special Canadian film charter July 13-17, 2014. Due to confidentiality, we can’t tell you the name of the production, but it’s happening in BC waters.
Both boats need licensed and unlicensed crew at all levels who have valid passports or enhanced Washington State drivers licenses and can travel into and out of Canada. You’ll join the ship in Anacortes, Wash., on July 12 and return to Anacortes on July 17. You’ll come home with a great story to tell. You may be able to stay with the boats longer if the need arises.
For details, please contact Roxie Underwood,runderwood@historicalseaport.org, 800-200-5239 today. Sailing experience preferred.
If you can’t join us for this charter, Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain need experienced crew during the rest of summer season in Puget Sound. A full listing of available paid positions on Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain is available on the Jobs page of our website.

Cable Employees team with Historical Seaport for Comcast Cares Days at Seaport Landing

Comcast employees will be helping out the Grays Harbor Historical Seaport this year for their 13th annual Comcast Cares Day, April 26th at the Seaport Landing in South Aberdeen.
The tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain will return to port in June, and the Seaport Landing needs volunteers to help prepare for the Lady Washington’s 25th birthday celebration this summer. Grays Harbor’s Historical Seaport is inviting land lovers to help them prep the Seaport Landing for Lady Washington’s 25th birthday celebration.
For details visit www.historicalseaport.org you can also stop by the Seaport Landing for “Salty Saturdays” 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Saturday from March to May at the Seaport Landing – 500 North Custer street in South Aberdeen.

In the past Comcast employees have helped with cleanup at Miller Junior High, Habitat for Humanity, and Rebuilding Together.

“Comcast Cares Day speaks to the heart of our company,” said Brian L. Roberts, Chairman and CEO, Comcast Corporation last year.  “I am extremely honored to participate this year alongside tens of thousands of Comcast and NBCUniversal employees, their family members and friends across the country and around the world to make a meaningful difference that will have a lasting impact on the communities we serve.”

Historical Seaport seeking land lovers to prep for Lady Washington’s 25th

Aberdeen – Come one come all. Seaport Landing, Aberdeen’s new public waterfront and home port for the tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain, is asking members of the Grays Harbor community to volunteer their time to prepare Lady Washington’s home for her 25th birthday celebration.

The Historical Seaport “Salty Saturday” Project Parties are scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Saturday from now through May in preparation for our ships return on June 5th. Salty Saturday projects are flexible and can accommodate individuals, groups or organizations. Minors over 12 are welcome, but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Our first Salty Saturday is scheduled for Saturday, March 1.

Inside and outside projects are available. A Seaport Landing staff member will help volunteers find an appropriate project. Volunteers should dress warmly, even for indoor projects. Volunteers interested in helping with gardening and landscaping should bring their own garden tools.

For more information: Prospective volunteers should contact Randy Beerbower, community outreach lead, 360-532-8611, rbeerbower@historicalseaport.org. Seaport Landing is located at 500 N. Custer Street in South Aberdeen, the former Weyerhaeuser sawmill.

Lady Washington, Hawaiian Chieftain Tall ships return to Aberdeen

Here’s the ship’s Aberdeen schedule:  


9/21-22: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., walk-on tours, $3 donation per person requested. 

9/21-22: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Adventure Sail (Hawaiian Chieftain only), $39 all ages. 

9/28-29: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., walk-on tours, $3 donation per person requested. 

9/28-29: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Adventure Sail (Hawaiian Chieftain only), $39 all ages. 

10/1-4: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., walk-on tours, $3 donation per person requested.

Walk-on tours are a chance to explore Hawaiian Chieftain and speak to the crews about their educational mission and travels. A $3 donation per person is appreciated. No reservations are required. Adventure Sails are two-hour, family-friendly excursions featuring sea shanties, maritime stories, and a chance to help raise a sail or take the wheel, conditions permitting. Tickets are $39 all ages. To purchase tickets, visit www.historicalseaport.org or call 800-200-5239.

Launched in 1989 as part of Washington’s centennial celebration, Lady Washington travels to more than 40 ports a year offering educational programs to K-12 students and the general public. The official tall ship of Washington state, Lady Washington has appeared in several television programs, most recently the ABC series, “Once Upon A Time.”  Hawaiian Chieftain specializes in living history education programs that explore our nation’s maritime past. Launched in 1988, Hawaiian Chieftain celebrated the 25th anniversary of its launch in June.

Grays Harbor tall ships to escort Paddle to Quinault canoes

2013 marks the 225th anniversary of the first contact between the newly independent United States and the rich coastal cultures of the Pacific Northwest. For Paddle to Quinault 2013, Lady 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. More info about Paddle to Quinault is available at www.paddletoquinault.org.


Hawaiian Chieftain

Launched in 1989 as part of the Washington Centennial, the Lady Washington is a wooden replica of one of the first U.S.-flagged ships to visit the west coast of North America. In 1788, the original Lady Washington arrived off the coast of what would later become Oregon to trade with native people for furs. She also traded along the coast of Vancouver Island before returning to Boston. Hawaiian Chieftain, launched in 1988, is an interpretation of a typical early 19th century coastal trader. Hawaiian Chieftain specializes in living history educational program for K-12 students. 


Pirates Invade Westport for 10th Annual Rusty Scupper Pirate Daze

The 3-day festival schedule:

Friday – June 22, 2012 – 12:00 pm – all day to 6pm

· Pirates invade Westport
· Hawaiian Chieftain (Seaport Landing, south of Aberdeen)
· Kids’ games in Scallywag Alley
· What- A -Croc & Sword Balloons, food and drink, crafts.
· Lost Boys Pirates & Capt. Bill and Aayo the Barbarian Pirate
· Staged boffer “sword” fights
· Live music on three stages for the whole family
Saturday – June 23, 2012 – 8:00 – 11:00 am

· $5 Breakfast for pirates in costume – Halfmoon Bay Bar & Grill
Festival opens Saturday at 10 a.m.

· Food, drink, and crafts all day
· Kids’ games in Scallywag Alley
· Lost Boys Pirates & Capt. Bill and Aayo the Barbarian Pirate
· Staged boffer “sword” fights on the waterfront
· Live music from three stages for the whole family
· Wenches and Scalliwags costume contest
· Jack Sparrow look-alike contest
· Treasure Chest prize drawings
· Black powder BOOM demonstration.
At 8:30 p.m. belly dancers and fire dancer group ‘Fire & Steel” will perform at the main stage followed by a fireworks show at 10 p.m.

Sunday – June 24, 2012, 8:00 – 11:00 am

· $5 Breakfast for pirates in costume – Halfmoon Bay Bar & Grill
· Pirates, Live Music ,and Entertainment all day
· Salty Dog contest and Parade at 3 :45pm



Mike & Val Sea Shanty Music

Catch of the Day

Virgil Stortroen

Freckles Brown Band

The Bobber’s Band

Teresa Mee

Mister Mac featuring Cap’n Slappy [Children’s music and events]

M.C., Greg Parke


B.O.O.M. Pirates Black POWDER Cannons

The Jade Dragon Pirates Acting and Swordplay

Espresso Drama presents: Arr is for Pirate & The Pirates of Treasure Island

Lost Boys Pirates with Captain Bill and crew

Aayo the Barbarian presents: Pirate Boffers with the kids!

Mas-Uda Folk Dancers

O-Wa Tribal Dancers

Circle of Sisters Egyptian Dancers

Hips Ahoy Pirate Dancers

Rak Sarah Dancers

Ocosta Unicycle Club


Shady Isle Privateers, Commodore Salty, Pirates of Treasure Island, The Lost Boys Pirates, The Jade Dragon Pirates, B.O.O.M. Pirates, and The Rogues Guild.

Lady Washington Seeks Land Lovin Volunteers For Hull Restoration

ABERDEEN, Wash. - The Historical Seaport has issued a call for volunteers to help with a major restoration of Lady Washington’s hull which will take place over the summer of 2012. On June 14, Lady Washington will go out of service in Aberdeen for approximately eight weeks, starting with the removal of most of her rig. A team of professional shipwrights will then remove portions of Lady Washington’s exterior hull planks above the waterline to expose rot-infected planks and frames. The deterioration is considered normal for a wooden ship of Lady Washington’s age. She was launched in 1989. Damaged frames will be repaired and new planking milled by the Spar Shop at the Seaport Learning Center will be installed.

To expedite the work, the Historical Seaport needs you and other volunteers at all skill levels. You’re needed on ship projects Monday through Saturday. On Sundays, you can help prepare for the following week’s work and give the public guided tours of the project.

If you have any time between June 14 and early August, and you plan to be in the Aberdeen area, please call 800-200-5239 or fill out the volunteer form at www.historicalseaport.org

The hull restoration project is scheduled to pause in early August when work above the waterline is completed. Lady Washington will then sail with Hawaiian Chieftain in Puget Sound through early September, when she’ll head to Port Townsend for her biennial haulout. At that time, shipwrights will replace the vessel’s hull planks below the waterline. The project is financed by a $167,000 capital improvements grant approved by the Legislature in 2011.

Lady Washington Gets Support For New Home

ABERDEEN, Wash. – The Aberdeen City Council last night adopted a resolution showing their support for the Grays Harbor Historical Seaport’s attempt to procure a home for Washington’s Official Ship, the Lady Washington.
Director of the Seaport, Les Bolton, tells us red tape is holding up the lease transfer, not with property owner Weyerhaeuser, but with the State “The Department of Natural Resources owns the shorelines of the State of Washington. Weyerhaeuser has a lease that runs through 2015, we need the lease because we want to create public moorage on DNR property.”
The Seaport Authority made an offer to acquire 28 acres of the former Weyerhaeuser sawmill property in South Aberdeen more than a year ago, however Bolton quipped “I can’t park Lady Washington in the parking lot.”
Bolton said without that lease, the Seaport would remain land locked. If acquired, Bolton said they intend to develop the property into a regional tourism destination and maintenance facility for the tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain.
State Representative Brian Blake tells us he has requested an onsite meeting with the DNR, Weyerhaeuser, and the Seaport, on April 30th to discuss this issue.