The Hawaiian Chieftain is an interpretation of a typical European merchant trader in the nineteenth century. The hull shape and rigging are similar to those of Spanish explorer’s ships used in the late eighteenth century along the Washington, Oregon, and California coasts. Built of steel in Hawaii in 1988, she is a 103-foot-long topsail ketch.
Purchased in 2004 by the Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority in Aberdeen, Washington, the Hawaiian Chieftain joins the Lady Washington on educational cruises and ambassadorial visits in more than 40 ports on the west coast.
American fur trader Captain Robert Gray discovered the Columbia River in 1792, naming the major river of the Pacific Northwest after his ship, the Columbia Rediviva. Accompanying him was another ship, the Lady Washington. We toured the Lady Washington, a 112-foot, 99-ton vessel a full-scale replica of the orginal ship built in the British Colony of Massachusetts in the 1750s.
The Lady Washington vessel has appeared in motion pictures, most notably in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.