Macklemore praises Lady Washington from Lake Washington

ABERDEEN, Wash. – Hip-hop artists Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, one of the hottest pop music acts of 2013, have released a YouTube public service announcement in support of the tall ship Lady Washington, which appeared in their latest music video, “Can’t Hold Us.” The video praises the Aberdeen, Wash.-based vessel for its education programs for young people and features outtakes from “Can’t Hold Us.” In the PSA, the Seattle-based Macklemore asks viewers to support Lady Washington with an online donation.

The PSA is available at The Lady Washington donation page is at

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  • Lady Washington Seeks Crew (No Parrots)

    ABERDEEN, Wash. – Lady Washington is looking for crew to join the ship in Newport or Astoria, Oregon by June 1. The boat needs an engineer, a mate, an education officer, a purser, and a cook. These are all paid positions. After Astoria, Lady Washington will be sailing for Grays Harbor. If you can join Lady Washington, even for a short time, please contact Roxie Underwood at 800-200-5239 during regular business hours. You can also learn more on the Jobs page of their website. 

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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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  • Lady Washington & Hawaiian Chieftain Go To eBay

    ABERDEEN, Wash. – The Grays Harbor-based tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain are auctioning life-changing sailing experiences aboard the vessels as holiday gift alternatives. The ships are participating this month in the American Sail Training Association’s Tall Ships® Adventure auction, which is raising money for expansion of national sail training and living maritime history programs. Funds raised in the auction by Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain will also support local tall ship operations. The vessels are owned and operated by the Aberdeen-based Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority.


    More than a dozen North American tall ships, including USS Constellation, Pride of Baltimore II, and Port Townsend-based Adventuress, are participating in the online-only event. Many of these vessels, including Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain, specialize in training young people about life through work aboard ocean-going sailing ships. They are offering single-day and multi-day passenger excursions.

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  • Last Opportunity to Sail on a Tall Ship This Year

    ABERDEEN, Wash. – The last opportunity for Grays Harbor residents to sail on Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain in 2010 is Saturday, October 2 in Westport. The ships have scheduled their final Battle Sail of the summer season at 2 p.m., departing from the Westport Marina. A Battle Sail features a recreation of a typical 18th century naval action with close-quarters maneuvers and cannon fire (with blanks).


    Tickets for the three-hour living history experience are $60 adults, $50 students/seniors/active military, $40 children 12 and under. Purchase tickets online at or call 800-200-5239. Tickets may also be purchased at the boats.


    In addition to the Battle Sail, both vessels will be open for walk-on tours from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. Crew in period costume will welcome visitors. An on-board gift shop will be open. A $3 donation per visitor is appreciated.

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  • Lady Washington to Offer Activities During Watershed Festival

    Aberdeen – The tall ship Lady Washington will offer a public sail, walk-on tours, and free longboat rides during the 5th Annual Chehalis Watershed Festival Sunday Sept. 26 in Aberdeen. The festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Morrison Riverfront Park. The Lady Washington’s activities will take place at Aberdeen Landing, 710 E. Heron St., Aberdeen.


    Lady Washington will open for walk-on tours from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Crew in period costume will welcome visitors aboard. A $3 donation per person is appreciated.


    At 2 p.m., Lady Washington will take guests on a three-hour Adventure Sail in the Chehalis River. The sailing will feature a demonstration of tall ship handling, a sea shanty, and a chance for guests to help sail a real tall ship. Tickets are $55 adults, $45 students/seniors/active military, and $35 children 12 and under. To purchase tickets in advance, visit or call 800-200-5239. Tickets will also be available at the boat.

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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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  • Historical Seaport Launches Contest

    Aberdeen – Are you one of the thousands of people who love the look of a tall ship under sail?  Do you talk with friends, family, co-workers and neighbors about these beautiful ships when they visit a community near you? Then you may be the perfect contestant for “Float the Fleet: For the Next Generation,” the Historical Seaport’s new fundraising contest featuring multiple monthly prizes and a grand prize vacation for two in Hawaii, a week-long sailing excursion to the San Juan Islands, or five “Two Weeks Before the Mast” program scholarships transferable to anyone.


    In 1985, the people of Washington State invested $1.5 million to construct Lady Washington, the Official Ship of the State of Washington.  Today, 25 years later, the time has come to make a major reinvestment in Lady Washington and her companion ship Hawaiian Chieftain to ensure these ships will continue to be available to young students and sailors for another quarter century. The Historical Seaport has designed “Float the Fleet” to encourage and enable anyone who loves these tall ships to take a leadership role in gathering donations to support the ships.  The Historical Seaport has set a goal to raise $3 million over the next six years to ensure its fleet will continue to serve west coast communities for another 25 years. ($3 million is approximately equal to Washington State’s initial investment in 1985, adjusted for inflation.)


    To participate, contestants must be 18 years old or older and register online at the Historical Seaport website,, or by calling 800-200-5239. Contest description, rules, and reporting form are at The contest ends January 31, 2012.

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  • Historical Seaport to Make “Major Announcement” This Month

    ABERDEEN, Wash. – The Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority will make a major announcement regarding the future of the Seaport Landing project at the Grays Harbor Chamber of Commerce “After Hours” event this month. Seaport Landing is the tall ship maintenance facility and tourism destination planned in South Aberdeen on the Chehalis River. The public waterfront facility will be the permanent home port of the Lady Washington, the Official Ship of the State of the Washington, and Hawaiian Chieftain. And it will be a regional heritage tourism hub serving communities on Washington State’s Pacific Coast.


    Details of the announcement will be made available at the After Hours event scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 9 at the Historical Seaport’s headquarters, 712 Hagara St., Junction City.


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  • Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain to Participate in Chinook Trade Re-Enactment

    ABERDEEN, Wash. – The brig Lady Washington, the Official Ship of the State of Washington, and the topsail ketch Hawaiian Chieftain will participate in a re-enactment of an 18th century fur trade meeting at Fort Columbia State Park on Sunday, October 3. The vessels will rendezvous with as many as 40 Chinook Nation paddlers in the Columbia River offshore of the park, which is just south of the town of Chinook on US Highway 101. The event is scheduled to take place 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.


    The free living history event is titled “Chinook Nation – U.S.A: International Trading Partners 1792-2010.” The program is offered through a partnership between the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, the Washington State Historical Society, the Chinook Nation, the National Park Service, and Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority.


    The public is invited to view the trading activities with crews on Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain from Fort Columbia State Park. The land at the park is the traditional home for the Chinook Nation. Tribal interpreters will be on-site near the restored theatre at the park’s entrance to orient visitors to the trade re-enactment as it unfolds.

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