Lady Washington at sunset

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, […]

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  • Lady Washington, Hawaiian Chieftain Tall ships return to Aberdeen

    ABERDEEN, Wash. – The tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain have planned a return to Grays Harbor in September for important maintenance projects, and Hawaiian Chieftain will offer opportunities for tours and public excursions. Lady Washington is scheduled to arrive at Seaport Landing September 5, when she’ll undergo a complete electrical refit, including shore power, generators, and new bunk lighting. The Historical Seaport is receiving assistance for the re-power from Scappoose, Ore.-based Cruising Essentials and the American Boat and Yacht Council. The project is scheduled for completion September 30.


    Hawaiian Chieftain will visit Port Townsend for her bi-annual maintenance haul-out Sept. 4-15 at the Port Townsend Shipyard. The ship will then sail for Aberdeen, arriving at Seaport Landing on Sept. 18. After routine U.S. Coast Guard inspections, Hawaiian Chieftain will open for public visits and excursions. 

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  • Pirates Invade Westport for 10th Annual Rusty Scupper Pirate Daze

    WESTPORT, Wash. – The 10th annual Rusty Scupper Pirate Daze to be held the weekend of June 22 is a family friendly festival where, pirates, wenches, and scallywags rub elbows with regular folks. Vendors, entertainers, dozens of pirate groups, and big ships and little have made this the largest pirate festival on the western coast.

    Rusty ScupperRusty Scupper’s Pirate Daze opens Friday with pirates invading Westport. Watch the Hawaiian Chieftain tall ship come into port and see her crew take over the town. Bands of pirates from over the northwest will sail to Westport from Aberdeen on the Hawaiian Chieftain, staging ‘sword fights’ and mini-brig sea battles in the marina between rival bands of pirates all weekend! New this year is a fireworks display Saturday night, preceded by music and Fire Dancers.

    Rusty Scuppers

    According to event coordinator, Rosie Litterer, hundreds of locals and visitors dress in pirate-period costumes for discounts and prizes, and to enter the ‘Wenches and Scalliwags’ costume contest and the Jack Sparrow look-alike contest. Entry fee for contests is a can of food for the local food bank (may be purchased at festival).

    Kids will love the games in Scallywag Alley, train rides all day, What-A-Croc sword balloons. Paying their first visit this year will be the Lost Boys Pirates, with Aayo the Barbarian Pirate, playing boffers with the children all weekend down by the tower. The Lost Boys also have a working blacksmith, there’s the traditional BOOM Black Powder demonstration, Scottie & the Grey Beards will perform acoustic music off the pirate ship, The Sun Of The Morning Star, plus lots of live music and entertainment for the whole family!

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  • 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.
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  • Tall Ships Return to Aberdeen in May

    ABERDEEN, Wash. – Grays Harbor’s tall ships, the Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain, return to their home port in May after seven months of touring California and Oregon ports as goodwill ambassadors. Lady Washington is scheduled to arrive at Aberdeen Landing in Aberdeen the evening of May 4. Hawaiian Chieftain will follow on May 5. While in Aberdeen, the ships will conduct public sails, which feature special pricing for Mothers Day weekend.


    At 2 p.m. Saturday, May 7 and Sunday, May 8 (Mothers Day), Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain will host passengers for a three-hour Battle Sail, which includes booming cannon and a recreation of a typical naval skirmish from the Napoleonic era. Tickets are $60 adults, $50 students/seniors/active military, $40 children 12 and under.


    At 10 a.m. Sunday, May 8, both vessels will host guests for a three-hour Adventure Sail, featuring demonstrations of tall ship handling and an opportunity for guests to help sail a real tall ship. Tickets are $55 adults, $45 students/seniors/active military, $35 children 12 and under.

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  • Grays Harbor tall ships to escort Paddle to Quinault canoes

    ABERDEEN, Wash. – The brig Lady Washington, the Official Ship of the State of Washington, and her companion ship, Hawaiian Chieftain, will escort more than 100 tribal canoes down the Pacific Coast starting Friday, July 26 from Neah Bay. The ships, in cooperation with the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary and the Quinault Indian Nation, are participating in the “Paddle to Quinault 2013” event, scheduled for July 26 to August 1. The vessels were invited by the Quinault Nation to escort 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. 


    Media are invited to observe the vessels and canoes while they are anchored off the Pacific Coast in Neah Bay, the Ozette River, La Push, the Hoh River, the Queets River, and the Quinault River. Reporters and producers may be able to visit the ships by making prior arrangements.

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  • 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

    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.

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  • Tall Ship Sailors Wanted

    ABERDEEN, Wash. – The Grays Harbor Historical Seaport says they are in need of qualified sailors for a number of paid positions in their upcoming Puget Sound sailing Season. As the Seaport’s tall ships Lady Washington and The Hawaiian Chieftain near St. Helens this week, they head to Vancouver Washington on Monday, for more details on employment with the Port visit

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