Historical Seaport


GHHSA provides educational, vocational, recreational and ambassadorial activities and experiences that promote and preserve the maritime history of Grays Harbor, the Pacific Northwest, and our nation while serving the needs of the community.


For an insiders look at life aboard our vessels, check out the trailer to the upcoming documentary The Passage, by Emmy-award-winning director Maranatha Hay.

We are Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority, a 501 (c)(3) educational non-profit public development authority based in Aberdeen, Wash. We bring maritime history to life aboard our two tall ships, Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain. Our programs include:

For more than 25 years, we have provided hands on education opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds. With a focus on teamwork and empowerment, our programs explore our shared history and our daily connections to the world’s oceans.

Our mission: To promote and preserve our maritime history and traditions.

Our vision: Our vessels, programs and facilities will be nationally recognized examples of best practices and innovative excellence.

Our values: Integrity, responsibility, stewardship, collaboration, innovation.

We were chartered by the City of Aberdeen, Washington in 1986 to operate and maintain the 112-foot brig Lady Washington, the official ship of Washington state. In 2005, we purchased the 103-foot topsail ketch Hawaiian Chieftain, doubling our educational program capacity, as well as creating opportunities for exciting excursions, such as the Battle Sail.

Fundraising for Seaport Landing and Education Programs

We are currently focused on developing a first-class tourism destination and home-port facility in Aberdeen called Seaport Landing. We are also fundraising for class sponsorships and scholarship funding for people who wish to sail with us. This includes scholarships to 4th and 5th graders based on financial need, and merit-based scholarships to people 16 and older who wish to become sailors. If you can help, please contact us.

Find a list of our staff and board of directors.

Our semi-annual print newsletter features news about Seaport Landing, the ships, and the organization. Click to see recent issues:

Spring 2005 | Fall 2005 | Winter 2006 | Spring 2006 | Fall 2006 | Winter 2007 | Spring 2007 | Fall 2007 | Spring 2008 | Fall 2009 | Spring 2010 | Fall 2010 | Spring 2011 | Fall 2011 | Spring 2012 | Fall 2012 | Spring 2013 | Fall 2013 | Spring 2014 | Winter 2015 | Summer 2015 | Winter 2016 | Summer 2016

GHHSA Board and Committee Meetings

GHHSA is a public agency under state law. All board and committee meetings are open to the public under the Open Public Meetings Act (RCW 42.30, RCW 42.32) and the Open Public Records Act (RCW 42.56). The board meets at 6 p.m. every fourth Tuesday of the month at GHHSA headquarters, 500 N. Custer St., Aberdeen, Wash. Here are the most recent agendas for full board meetings.

Nov. 25, 2014 | Dec. 30, 2014 | Jan. 27, 2015 | June 23, 2015 | July 28, 2015 | August 25, 2015 | October 27, 2015 | April 29, 2016 (workshop) | May 6, 2016 (special meeting)

Minutes for each regular board meetings and committee meetings are available for inspection immediately after they are approved by the board or committee.

Financial Information

GHHSA is a public development authority under Washington State law. As such, the Washington State Auditor conducts an annual audit of our organization. Results of the most recent audits are listed below.

2005: financial, accountability, finding | 2007: financial, accountability, finding | 2009: accountability, finding | 2011: accountability, finding | 2013: accountability | 2014: accountability

GHHSA IRS Nonprofit Designation Letter (PDF)

GuideStar Exchange Silver SealCheck out our GuideStar profile for more information, including recent IRS Form 990s. We have earned the silver GuideStar Exchange Seal for our commitment to transparency.

2013 GHHSA Annual Report | 2014 GHHSA Annual Report