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Here is the Lady Washington, sailing during a big Tall Ship Maritime Event. She is here in the Puget Sound a lot of the time. She is fixed up by volunteers, where they learn to sail her, spend time on her, Sometimes Boy Scouts sail her too! Here is a little history of this local Puget Sound Treasure. It was launched on March 7, 1989, the Lady Washington was built in Aberdeen, Wash., by Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority, A not-for-profit public development authority. The new Lady Washington is a full-scale reproduction of the original Lady Washington.
Built in the British Colony of Massachusetts in the 1750s, the original vessel carried freight between colonial ports until the American Revolutionary War, when she became an American privateer. In 1787, after the war, she was given a major refit to prepare her for a unprecedented trading voyage around Cape Horn. In 1788, she became the first American vessel to make landfall on the west coast of North America. A pioneer in Pan-Pacific trade, she was the first American ship to visit Honolulu, Hong Kong and Japan. Lady Washington opened the black pearl and sandalwood trade between Hawaii and the Orient when King Kamehameha became a partner in the ship.The modern Lady Washington was thoroughly researched by historians and constructed by skilled shipwrights. She was launched as part of the 1989 Washington State Centennial celebration. The new Lady Washington meets all of the U.S. Coast Guard safety requirements for a 21st-century ship
July 24th, 2012
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