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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.