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Marilyn Whiteley on November 20, 2007

All that you put on Less is More are excellent, but with this I get to be the first to comment. Lovely backlit photo, very evocative. Marilyn

Larry Workman QIN on November 20, 2007

Thank you Marilyn!

The ship is a favorite subject of mine since it was launched in 1989.


©Würmer on November 24, 2007

The original Lady Washington was a 90-ton trading vessel built in Massachusetts around 1750. She sailed around Cape Horn and participated in the fur and pelt trade with the coastal Native Americans in the Pacific Northwest and in tea and porcelain across the Pacific in China.

She was captained originally by Robert Gray, and later by John Kendrick, former captain of her larger sailing partner, the Columbia Rediviva (Kendrick insisted he and Gray switch vessels mid-journey). Under the command of Kendrick, she was refitted as a brig (she was formerly a sloop).

She became the first American vessel to reach the island of Japan in an unsuccessful attempt to move some unsold pelts. The Lady remained in the Pacific trade and eventually foundered in the Philippines in 1798.

A replica of the Lady Washington was built in Aberdeen, Washington, USA in time for the 1989 Washington State Centennial celebrations. Aberdeen is located on Grays Harbor, an inlet of the Pacific Ocean named for Robert Gray, the man who discovered the harbor as Master of the Columbia. See --->Wikipedia

Larry Workman QIN on November 24, 2007

Thanks for adding the information Bartowian.

This is a great ship to sail on in calm water, but add some waves and nearly everyone becomes seasick. My son spent two weeks at sea on her during a school "science at sea" program and he was sick much of the time.

This was also one of the ships in the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie. It has also been in a Star Trek movie and a few other films

©Würmer on November 26, 2007

hi Larry, thanks for motivating:

Better than to sail in calm air. Practically everyone becomes sick of the sea then.

I spent my first two weeks at sea in a slow ship in a dead run from Rotterdam to N.Y. 9 Days storm, a thousand sick most of the time -- all but three on board, crew not counting, engine died twice. Talking about a bad feeling...

ah, a movie prop! Lady MGM, Paramount & Co...

Larry Workman QIN on November 27, 2007

Sorry to hear about such a time on the sea, but I guess it is something you will always remember.


©Würmer on November 28, 2007

...chuckle... but "not very frequently anymore", Larry, "on the rare occassion something is said that tickles forth those memories" She was the M.S. The Seven Seas btw. After a fire in the Hudson Bay the next year, the name was changed to "Rotterdam" (bad luck, ask any sailor) and she was retired there to become a student dormitory. I assume she sank there soon afterwards... he-he.

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