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The Lady Washington

"The original Lady Washington was a 90-ton merchant sloop. Her early history is still in question. As part of the Columbia Expedition, she left Boston Harbor on October 1, 1787. She sailed around Cape Horn and participated in the Maritime Fur Trade with the coastal Native Americans in the Pacific Northwest and in tea and porcelain across the Pacific in China. She was the first American flagged vessel to round Cape Horn. She was the first recorded vessel to make landfall on the Oregon coast near Tillamook, Oregon. She was claimed by John Meares to be the first non-native vessel to circumnavigate Vancouver Island.…
   A ship replica of the Lady Washington was built in Aberdeen, Washington, United States in time for the 1989 Washington State Centennial celebrations. Aberdeen is located on Grays Harbor, an inlet of the Pacific Ocean named for Robert Gray, the man who discovered the harbor as Master of the Columbia.…" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lady_Washington


Sheila said...

Speaking of incredible sailing vessels and journey's...have you heard of Matt Rutherford? He's just a few days away from land -after a year at sea and he's sailed around the America's - up along past Baffin Island, through the Northwest Passage, down around the Horn... He's already been recognized by the Scott Polar Institute as the first person to accomplish this alone, without stopping once. He's only 30 and a travelling soul, he's on a 26 ft boat that I think is older than he is and that has slowly been falling apart but he's kept on. He is a rare and wild creature http://www.solotheamericas.org/ He's done this to raise money for an organization whose goal is to make the joy of sailing available to physically and/or developmentally-challenged individuals - good man.

Martin said...

Thanks for this, Lloyd.
During the build of the Lady Washington replica, I frequently drove up to Aberdeen from Portland to pay witness, so to speak. She's a true replica, from her hefty keel, ribs & beams right on out to her thick planking. Sometime after the build was complete and she was outfitted, she visited Portland. It was a great pleasure to be able to go aboard and experience a true traditional ship of the sea.

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Ben said...

Love it. Ever since I read Patrick O'Brian I think tall ships are so cool. They are the peak engineering achievement of their time, the product of years of testing, adapting and changing within the limitations of technology. Sure, they were left behind by steam, but they are still an example of near perfection within their own particular limitations and environment.

I had the chance to sail on one last summer for a quick cruise. If I were a younger man, I would take a summer and sail around with one to the different festivals.

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