TALL SHIPS "LADY WASHINGTON" and "HAWAIIAN CHIEFTAIN"
Built in the British Colony of Massachusetts in the 1750s, the original vessel carried freight between colonial ports until the American Revolutionary War, when she became an American privateer. In 1787, after the war, she was given a major refit to prepare her for a unprecedented trading voyage around Cape Horn. In 1788, she became the first American vessel to make landfall on the west coast of North America.A pioneer in Pan-Pacific trade, she was the first American ship to visit Honolulu, Hong Kong and Japan. Lady Washington opened the black pearl and sandalwood trade between Hawaii and the Orient when King Kamehameha became a partner in the ship.The modern Lady Washington was thoroughly researched by historians and constructed by skilled shipwrights. She was launched as part of the 1989 Washington State Centennial celebration. The new Lady Washington meets all of the U.S. Coast Guard safety requirements for a 21st-century ship.Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain are scheduled to arrive in Eureka on April 12 for six days of walk-on tours, educational programs for K-12 students, and public sailing excursions from the Adorni Center, 1011 Waterfront Drive, Eureka. The ships are nearing the end of their 2011-2012 California sailing season, and this stop will be one of only two North Coast visits this year. (The other will be Crescent City.)
BOTH OF THESE SHIPS USED IN HOLLYWOOD:
Even so, institutions with missions to preserve history and educate the public about the past know an opportunity when they see one. On the day of POTC 4's general release, the Museum of London Docklands will open an exhibit on Capt. William Kydd, one of the archetypal New World pirates who terrified ships' masters in the late 17th century. His true story is at least as good as the fictional Jack Sparrow's; the exhibit will feature some of Kydd's actual letters.