The Lady returns to Blaine

Published on Thu, Aug 2, 2001 by Christine Callan

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The Lady returns to Blaine

By Christine Callan

Lady Washington is sailing into town again, but this year she will be welcomed to Blaine in a new way. On August 6, community boat owners will go out to Birch Point where they will greet the Lady Washington with noise and excitement. A “hornblast,” where boaters will honk their horns together, will greet the Lady as she enters the harbor. Boaters are encouraged to be out at Birch Point by 9 a.m. for the welcome and the Lady will be docked by 11 a.m.

“It’s all part of our celebration of our harbor and our heritage,” Ken Ely, coordinator said. “I would like to have it come every year and be better able to coordinate the ship’s arrival with summer harbor events.”
This event, in its second year, is sponsored by Drayton Harbor Maritime, Blaine Chamber of Commerce and the Port of Blaine.

Daily dockside tours of the historic ship will be available August 6-12. Visitors will also have the opportunity to see her in action and go on one of several three -hour sailing trips. They will learn what it takes to keep the 68-foot (minus the spars) vessel going as she brings history to life.

“Everyone is encouraged to come out,” Tanya Johnson, from Sunset Sailing Charters who is active in planning the welcome, said. “She (Lady Washington) is a wonderful sight to see when she has all of her sails up. People can sail around her because she doesn’t move very fast.”

The original Lady Washington was built in Boston in the 1750s. She set sail from Boston in 1787 serving as a privateer during America’s War of Independence. The replica still carries a pair of three-pound cannons and four deck guns that shoot blanks when sailing, a high-point of the trip for children on board.

The Lady Washington came back to life in the 1980s when a group from Aberdeen, Washington got together the materials to build a replica of the vessel, which was launched in 1989.

The Lady Washington will be dockside at Blaine Harbor beginning August 6. She will be open for tours Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

For tour times, information or reservations call Grace at 800/200/LADY..

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