Lady Washington

Cue a Pirates of the Caribbean techno remix:

(It’s Tiesto, but I can’t find the mix I like better.)

Today I met a movie star– the Lady Washington. Based in Grays Harbor, Washington, she is the official ship of the state of Washington. She set sail in 1989 and in 2003 she was featured in the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie as the HMS Interceptor.

The Lady Washington and her companion ship, the Hawaiian Chieftain, function as a mobile education program, sailing to various ports to familiarize people with tall ships and the sailor’s way of life. Her crew of 12 dresses in period costume and has living quarters below the deck.

(You can always click on pictures to make them larger.)

Here she is at the Anthony’s dock in downtown Kirkland (great marketing– they’re a seafood restaurant!):

The rigging was both beautiful and complex.

This crew member just happened to be eating a snack so appropriate I felt like I’d walked into a commercial. Hilarious!

There are actually four cannons on the ship and the no smoking sign is serious– there is powder aboard.

Ahoy! Another ship has been spotted on the horizon.

Looking somewhat like a ghost ship in the distance, the Hawaiian Chieftain glides through the perfect water and weather of Lake Washington.

Seeing the tall ships is a fantastic activity for people of all ages. Go to for more information on how you can see these amazing vessels in person and support the program.


Men go back to the mountains, as they go back to sailing ships at sea, because in the mountains and on the sea they must face up, as did men of another age, to the challenge of nature. Modern man lives in a highly synthetic kind of existence. He specializes in this and that. Rarely does he test all his powers or find himself whole. But in the hills and on the water the character of a man comes out. -Abram T. Collier


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