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Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority

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Causes: Arts & Culture, Children & Youth, Crime & Law, Education, Historical Societies & Historic Preservation, History Museums, Vocational & Technical Schools, Youth Violence Prevention

Mission: The organization owns two tall ships, the lady washington and the hawaiian chieftain. The ships provide sails in washington, oregon and california, providing people the opportunity to experience sailing on an 18th century ship.

Programs: The tall ships lady washington and hawaiian chieftain provide voyages and education programs to people in washington, oregon and california. Passengers experience life as it was aboard ships in the 18th century. Volunteers also learn to sail and manufacture ships parts. The seaport has 150 volunteers contributing thousands of hours of service to the organization. The value of in-kind services donated, including the use of equipment and other property, as well as services that require professional or technical expertise totaled $60,615 in 2014.

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The first time I boarded the Lady Washington was in 2005, and have enjoyed going on cruises and vacations aboard ever since. The Hawaiian Chieftain companion vessel is also enjoyable. I have learned about the history of our state of Washington as well as maritime history. The crew provides hands-on experiences on sailing tall ships, where you can actually sail 18th century technology, from hauling lines to weighing anchor to going aloft. The crew members are friendly and knowledgeable, and lots of fun. I have taken vacations and sails in the San Juan Islands enjoying the beauty and ecology of the islands. I have visited the seaport and seen the hard work and dedication of the employees, and especially appreciate the giant lathe, which provides a valuable service all over the nation for other tall ships as well as Hollywood set productions. This organization is one of expansion and adventure, and has always been professional. The people are friendly and make everyone feel welcome, like you are part of a family. I love the volunteer programs, and how they have set up ways to donate. It has changed my life in ways that are indescribable.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a volunteer with Tall Ships Victoria I am familiar with both Lady Washington & Hawaiian Chieftain. The crews of these two ships are great to work with and to sail with. Highly recommend either vessel for a ship tour, sail, or battle sail!

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