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Lady Washington At Grays Harbor Lighthouse
Lady Washington Washington States symbol of our maritime heritage. The voyages of Captains Gray and Kendrick were significant contributions to the State of Washington, Pacific Northwest, and United States of America. The first American vessel, along with Columbia, to reach the Pacific Northwest Coast. The brig Lady Washington was a ranging tender and consort to Columbia Rediviva, the first American vessel to circumnavigate the globe.
Lady Washington first began her life as a sloop, a small vessel with one mast. She was converted to a brigantine, two masts, in 1790-1791, while in Macao, China, under the command of Captain Kendrick. Lady Washington, along with Columbia sailed from Boston in 1787, around Cape Horn to the Northwest Coast of North America, reaching Nootka Sound in 1788. She sailed onward to China and Japan via the Sandwich Islands and returned to the Pacific Northwest a number of times along this Pacific route. Columbia sailed to Boston and was the first American vessel to circumnavigate the globe.
The objective of the brave ships and crews, under the command of Captain Robert Gray and Captain Kendrick was to engage in sea otter fur trade, gather furs from the Indians on the Northwest Coast and sell them in Canton, China.
A replica of Lady Washington was built by Grays Harbor Historical Seaport in Aberdeen, Washington in 1989. The ship sails to ports throughout the Pacific Northwest and along the Pacific Coast. You can visit the ship and rediscover the days of 200 years past when the intrepid Yankee traders Robert Gray, John Kendrick and crews first came to the Northwest. Feel the tang of salt spray, hear the cry of gulls as the stout brigantine, a bone in her teeth, once again sails the waters of the Northwest. Scamper up the ratlines to the masthead on a tossing deck. Eyes wide, set and furl sail as the skipper take sights. Bowl gracefully along, sails pulling as you find your way across the trackless ocean.
Grays Harbor Lighthouse The 107 foot Grays Harbor Lighthouse is the tallest on the Washington coast, and its red and white revolving light can be seen from thirty miles at sea. Built in 1898, it houses four tons of light assembly, lens and related equipment under its iron dome. The lighthouse is located near Westport, Washington, just south of the entrance to Grays Harbor, home to Grays Harbor Historical Seaport and Lady Washington.
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January 2nd, 2012
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