The brig Lady Washington, the official ship of the state of Washington, and the topsail ketch Hawaiian Chieftain have scheduled a five-day visit to Vancouver in May as part of a 61/2-week Columbia River tour.
The ships will be here from May 23-27, midway through a voyage that will take them to 11 ports in Washington and Oregon.
It will mark the 225th anniversary of the first landfall by a United States-flagged vessel on the shores of what became Oregon.
On Aug. 14, 1788, the original Lady Washington, sailing from Boston around Cape Horn, made its first landing at what’s now called Tillamook Bay. The fur-trading expedition was led by Captain Robert Gray, who discovered the mouth of the Columbia River and gave his name to Grays Harbor, home port of the modern Lady Washington.
The river tour starts at Astoria, Ore., on May 15; it ends at Ilwaco on July 1.
At most stops, the ships will offer public tours and sailing excursions. Tickets are available at The Historical Seaport or by calling 800-200-5239.
The modern Lady Washington was launched in 1989; the Hawaiian Chieftain was built in 1988.