Small fire near Wal-Mart construction site

ABERDEEN, Wash. – The Aberdeen Fire Department responded to a small fire near where the Lady Washington used to be moored on the East side of Aberdeen. Battalion Chief Kelly Neimi tells us they were called to the construction site near Wal-Mart around 10 last night, a small fire on an unused-unmaintained pier had spread to nearby land in between the pier and construction trailers.
Crews were on scene for just under an hour, no injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

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


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. 


Macklemore praises Lady Washington from Lake Washington

Lady Washington appears in several places in the music video. Working Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority, the production team shot the video for “Can’t Hold Us” while the vessel was in Ventura, Calif., and Oakland, Calif. this year. As of today, “Can’t Hold Us” has been viewed more than 80 million times. The single “Can’t Hold Us” reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart earlier in 2013.

Macklemore is known for his dedication to raising awareness of the needs of at-risk youth, such as his work with Youth Ambassadors in Seattle.

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. 

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.

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.

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

Tall Ships Return to Aberdeen in May

For all three public sailings May 7 and Mothers Day, moms pay just $5 each for tickets. Purchase tickets for all prices online at or call 800-200-5239.


The ships are also conducting K-12 educational programs for Grays Harbor and Pacific County students. Public schools are now eligible for dockside or sailing program scholarships covering 85 percent of the program cost, if local businesses, service groups, or non-profit agencies match the other 15 percent. The Historical Seaport is currently working with Whitney’s Auto Group of Montesano on an April-only promotion; for every person who takes a test drive of a car at Whitney’s Chevrolet, Aberdeen Honda, or Whitney’s Value Ford in April, Whitney’s will sponsor one student for an education program. For more information, contact Roxie Underwood, 800-200-5239,


During their Aberdeen stay, Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain will be open for public tours on these dates and times: May 5-6, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.; May 7-8, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; May 10-11, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. A $3 donation per person is appreciated. (Note: The Sunday, May 8 tours will be cancelled if both boats are required for the morning public sail.)

Historical Seaport Launches Contest

The Team Leaders who submit the greatest number of donations, and the largest donated amount, each win monthly prizes, including a selection from the online Seaport Store or free sailing opportunities aboard Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain. All monthly prize winners will be automatically entered into the grand prize drawing, which will take place on February 21, 2012 at a Historical Seaport board meeting.


As an interim goal, Float the Fleet will focus on raising $168,000 to help fund a Lady Washington frame and planking restoration project that the Seaport plans to complete by the fall of 2012. Although previously approved for funding though a competitive Washington State Heritage Capital Projects grant program, the project was cut from the State budget due to Washington State’s current financial difficulties.

Lady Washington & Hawaiian Chieftain Go To eBay

The auction is sponsored by the American Sail Training Association (ASTA), which organizes the annual TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® series of events. These tall ship festivals bring world-class traditional sailing vessels to ports across the country for public tours and trips. The ASTA TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® series event will be held on the west coast in the summer of 2011.


“Everyone who sees Lady Washington or Hawaiian Chieftain with all its sails set dreams of taking a sea voyage,” says ASTA Executive Director Bert Rogers. “Our Tall Ships® Adventure auction gives you a chance to experience the ancient lure of the sea and perhaps change someone’s life. Each item sold in our auction helps Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority continue its mission of enriching the lives of young people.”


To bid on the Tall Ships® Adventure excursion or voyage offered by Lady Washington, Hawaiian Chieftain or other vessels, visit and click on the “Give the Gift of Tall Ships® Adventure” link. Gifts range from a day trip to three-week voyages. To bid, select the desired trip and enter a bid amount or purchase the experience at full price.