Lady Washington

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Launched on March 7, 1989, the Lady Washington was built in Aberdeen, Wash., by Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public development authority. The new Lady Washington is a full-scale reproduction of the original Lady Washington.

Watch a 1992 documentary about the construction of Lady Washington

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 Asia 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 is a U.S. Coast Guard inspected and certified passenger sailing vessel.


Lady Washington Statistics
Length on deck 67 feet
Length on the waterline 72 feet
Overall length 112 feet
Draft (Depth) 11 feet
Beam (Width) 22 feet
Mast height 89 feet
Displacement 210 tons
Gross tonnage 99 tons
Total sail area 4,442 square feet
Rigging Approximately six miles
Guns Two three pounder; two swivels aft
Crew compliment 12
Passenger capacity 41

More information about the modern Lady Washington is available in our Lady Washington Timeline(.pdf) and Lady Washington Fun Facts(.pdf).

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