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 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,
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
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 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, Information is subject to change without notice. Facebook:; Twitter: @graysharborhist.

Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority calls special meeting April 8

Aberdeen – The Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority Board of Directors will hold a special meeting at 6 p.m., Tuesday, April 8 at their headquarters, Seaport Landing, 500 N. Custer St., Aberdeen. Executive Director Les Bolton will give a presentation to the board about his recent week-long experience at the Nonprofit Executive Leadership Institute at the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Affairs in Seattle. Bolton received scholarship assistance for the program from Washington Nonprofits. The public is invited to attend.

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 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, Seaport Landing is located at 500 N. Custer Street in South Aberdeen, the former Weyerhaeuser sawmill.

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.

Aberdeen Planning Commission Seeks Input on Comprehensive Land Use Plan

ABERDEEN, Wash. – The City of Aberdeen Planning Commission will be hosting a public meeting on Thursday, May 17th at 7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:30) at the Aberdeen Rotary Log Pavilion.

Add to google calendarThe Planning Commission is in the process of updating the City’s 2001 Comprehensive Land Use Plan. The Comprehensive Plan is a record of our common vision and goals serving as guidelines for future land use decisions that affect us all.

The Planning Commission is currently focusing on the downtown and waterfront elements.

We want to hear from you. Has our vision and goals changed since 2001? What policies should be reexamined? What value is placed on our shared downtown and waterfront? What would we like to see in the next five, ten or twenty years? Should we build more waterfront trails? What type of public spaces should we promote in our downtown and on our waterfront?

There will also be discussion concerning the proposed Seaport Landing.

Historical Seaport Authority Makes Offer to Purchase Aberdeen Sawmill Property

“The Historical Seaport Board of Directors sees the acquisition and development of this property as a major opportunity to revitalize our community,” said Capt. Les Bolton, GHHSA executive director. “Converting this former sawmill into a first-class mixed use maritime center will be the realization of a vision that this community created for itself 25 years ago when the Historical Seaport was formed.”


The Historical Seaport is working directly with representatives of the owners. “The Historical Seaport and Weyerhaeuser are in active discussions regarding the sawmill property,” said Weyerhaeuser spokesman Anthony Chavez. “Although discussions are progressing well, a great deal of work is still involved before both parties can reach an agreement. No timetable has been set.”


Details of the announcement will be made available at the Grays Harbor Chamber of Commerce After Hours event scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 9 at the Historical Seaport’s headquarters, 712 Hagara St., Junction City. Aerial images of the property, as well as an image of both vessels at the sawmill wharf, are available at the Historical Seaport website,


In addition to announcing the offer, the Historical Seaport has officially launched its “500 @ $500” campaign for the next phase of the Seaport Landing project. The goal of the 500 @ $500 campaign is to raise local funding to match grants and to prepare the site for public access. Donors can pledge the entire $500 amount, or pledge in increments of $50, $100 or $250. Historical Seaport staff will be available to accept pledges using the Seaport’s online 500 @ $500 pledge tool, which is now available at the Seaport website,

Historical Seaport to Make “Major Announcement” This Month

At the After Hours event, the Historical Seaport will also officially launch its “500 @ $500” campaign for the next phase of the Seaport Landing project. The goal of the 500 @ $500 campaign is to raise local funding to match grants and to prepare the site for public access. Donors can pledge the entire $500 amount, or pledge in increments of $50, $100 or $250. Historical Seaport staff will be available to accept pledges using the Seaport’s online 500 @ $500 pledge tool, which is now available at the Seaport website,


The funds will be used to clean up the Seaport Landing site and ensure safe public access. They will also be used to install public restrooms, fund a public design process and preliminary architectural work. Pledges will also demonstrate strong community support as the Historical Seaport works with foundations, governments, and corporations to secure grants and other funding.


During the “After Hours” event, the Historic Seaport facility will have four stations explaining various Historical Seaport activities, including tall ship education programs and current activities in the Spar Shop, such a new mainmast and foremast for the tall ship Zodiac. A 117-foot log will be turned on the Seaport’s tracer lathe, which is believed to be the largest in North America. The public is invited to attend the After Hours event. Admission is free.


Both of the Seaport’s tall ships are currently in California conducting ambassadorial activities on behalf of Grays Harbor County: Lady Washington is in Sausalito; Hawaiian Chieftain is in Sacramento.