The Lady Washington will make port in Pasco for about 11/2 weeks, giving Tri-City landlubbers the chance to tour a tall ship and take to the water for evening and adventure sails.
The 112-foot brig — the state’s official tall ship — is scheduled to sail into town July 30. It will be at Columbia Marine Center in Pasco, with public events running July 31 to Aug. 9.
The Three Rivers Folklife Society also is helping present a Sea Shanty concert Aug. 1.
“The ship will provide a backdrop for performers” during the concert, said Jim Kelly, an organizer. “You’ll be able to look to the west and see the ship in the background.”
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Hank Cramer, a Winthrop-based folksinger who has served as a shanty-man aboard the Lady Washington and will perform at the show, said it’s an event not to be missed.
“It will be a great deal of fun,” he said.
Cramer also urged Tri-Citians to make a visit to the Pasco marine center to check out the brig.
“You have all this history and all this maritime lore coming to the Tri-Cities. You don’t have to drive (very far) to see it. Take advantage of this opportunity to see a living artifact, if you will, from 200 years ago that’s coming to show everybody about the Age of Sail,” he said.
The Aberdeen-based Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority built the Lady Washington, launching the wooden -hulled vessel in 1989.
It’s a replica of the original Lady Washington, which was constructed in the 1750s as a single-masted sloop before being refitted as a two-masted brig.
It was the first American ship to make landfall on the west coast of North America, according to the Aberdeen group.
Another ship, Hawaiian Chieftain, was expected to join the Lady Washington in the Tri-Cities. However, the swift topsail ketch is undergoing maintenance and won’t be able to make the visit, said Joe Follansbee, communications director for the Aberdeen group.
People who bought tickets for battle sails featuring the two ships will be contacted with an offer to exchange them for an adventure sail aboard the Lady Washington, Follansbee said.
The Lady Washington serves as a tall ship ambassador for the state. And it has a mission of educating kids.
“It’s a very rare opportunity for a young person to actually get a sense of what life was like (in another era),” Follansbee said. “In our case, we’re able to give a flavor of life aboard a mid-18th century cargo vessel and explain to kids things like what sailors ate, what kind of clothes they wore, what life was like at sea for them.”
The crew also touches on basic science and math principles through lessons on skills like navigation, he said.
Walk-on tours are available from noon to 5 p.m. July 31 and Aug. 4-7, and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 1-2 and Aug. 8-9. Cost is $3.
Evening sails, which include demonstrations of tall ship handling, sea shanty singing and maritime storytelling, run from 6 to 8 p.m. July 31 and Aug. 5, 7 and 8. Cost is $35 to $45.
Family-friendly adventure sails are from 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 1-2 and 8-9. Cost is $39-$47.
The Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority is a nonprofit and relies on support from donors and fees from tours and sails to operate.
Excursion tickets are available at www.historicalseaport.org.
The Sea Shanty concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 1 at the stage at Columbia Marine Center.
It will feature maritime musicians Hank Cramer, Dan Maher, Humor and Heart, Spanaway Bay, Micki Perry and Brian Maskew.
Columbia Marine Center is at 1315 S. Fourth Ave.