“Trials and Triumphs of a Lovely Lady: Washington’s Tall Ship Ambassador Lady Washington”

“Pacific Time Machines: Recent Replicas and New Traditional Vessels” a production of “Mains’l Haul – A Journal of Pacific Maritime History” by the San Diego Maritime Museum was published in 2005 with my essay, “Trials and Triumphs of a Lovely Lady: Washington’s Tall Ship Ambassador Lady Washington.”

I originally pitched the idea for a story about the original 18th century American sloop and later brig Lady Washington to editor Mark Allen but he responded with a request for something about the replica historical Brig Lady Washington launched in 1989 by Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority at Aberdeen, Washington. So I delved into the seaport’s archive and interviewed many of those who had been involved in the development of the seaport and the construction of the ship. It was a great experience and I was privileged to have my essay included in the publication that also told stories about the Frigate Rose and how it became HMS Surprise for the film “Master and Commmander”, followed by recollections of the Hawaiian double canoe Hokule’a and its revival of Hawaiian voyaging, and Californian martime histories of the tall ships Californian, Globe, and Lynx as well as San Francisco Bay fishing Feluccas and Shrimp Junks, and the Chumash Indian Tomol board canoes.

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