Happy Birthday Lady Washington
On March 7, 1989, 25 years ago today, the Lady Washington was launched at Aberdeen.
Since her launch, the Grays Harbor Historical Seaport says that more than 225,000 K-12 students have participated in dockside and sailing programs. More than 800 people have sailed as crew on the Lady. In total, more than one million people have walked her decks.
Today, the Lady is celebrating her birthday in Sausalito, California.
The Grays Harbor Historical Seaport continues their 25 year anniversary celebrations locally, and down the West Coast.
A bronze sculpture of Capt. Robert Gray has returned to its original home at the Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority. The 22 ½-inch, 62-pound bust was sculpted by Shelton artist Molly Casey in 1988 to honor the construction of the Lady Washington, which was launched in 1989 as part of the state’s centennial celebrations.
In 1990, GHHSA suffered a financial setback and was unable to pay Casey for the work. The sculpture was displayed at the Grays Harbor County Courthouse in Montesano for several years before it was moved to the Port of Grays Harbor offices in Aberdeen. This year, Historical Seaport supporters purchased the sculpture from Casey. The sculpture is on display at GHHSA’s offices at Seaport Landing in Aberdeen.
The purchase of the sculpture is part of ongoing efforts to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the launch of Lady Washington on March 7, 1989.
The Historical Seaport is planning several public activities in 2014 to be announced later.
The Lady and the Hawaiian Chieftain are scheduled to return to Grays Harbor on June 6th and will remain at Seaport Landing through Rusty Scupper Pirate Daze and the 4th of July Rich Hartman’s Five Star Dealership SPLASH Festival.