PASCO — A floating piece of history is due to arrive here Thursday evening.
The tall ship Lady Washington will dock in the city as part of a tour of the Columbia River which began in Vancouver earlier this month. During its stay, the vessel will be open for tours as well as taking people on three-hour "adventure sail" cruises.
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 ship is a full-scale reproduction of the original Lady Washington which was 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 city of Aberdeen continues to be the home port of the Lady Washington and her sister ship, the Hawaiian Chieftain.
The Lady Washington will be open for walk-on tours on the following dates. A $3 donation per person is appreciated.
Reservations for three-hour "adventure sails" can by made on-line or by calling (800) 200-5239. Tickets are $55 for adults, $45 for students, seniors or active military and $35 for children.