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Monday, 17 June 2019 20:27

Just Don't Call it a Pirate Ship

by Matt Wakefield

On a tour of the Lady Washington last year, the crew made it abundantly clear that she is not a pirate ship. Aye, she is much more than that.

Monday, 17 June 2019 20:21

Just Don't Call it a Pirate Ship

by Matt Wakefield

On a tour of the Lady Washington last year, the crew made it abundantly clear that she is not a pirate ship. Aye, she is much more than that.

She's a piece of sailing history, launched in 1989 as a full-scale replica of her namesake, the 18th-century fur-trading ship. Trading. Not piracy. So heave-to on the pirate-speak, or you might find yourself walking the plank toward a meeting with Davy Jones.

The Lady Washington is an officially designated tall ship, and a famous one at that, me buckos. You've seen her in Once Upon a Time, Star Trek: Generations, and Revolution. She was also in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, but despite that, please remember the prime directive: she is not a pirate ship.   

This summer at Tacoma’s Foss Waterway Seaport, you can see her, board her, tour her, sail her, and even tug on her rigging, but please - and this is important - no pirate jokes. Savvy?

You can't miss her. At 112 feet, bow to stern and 89 feet to the top of the mast, she'll make you avast in your tracks, if not shiver in your timbers. She's well-armed with two three-pound guns and two swivels aft, for, ummm, non-pirating activities. (And we’re not talking about the label on your VHS cassette or Napster subscription, matey.)  

So when you stop the Foss Waterway Seaport for a free dockside tour (with paid admission to the Seaport), or a perfect-for-the-family afternoon or evening sail (just 3.5 pieces of eight - $55 USD - which includes free admission to the Seaport), please remember: The Lady Washington is a historic tall ship, and not a pirate ship, ye bilge-sucking landlubber!

Dockside Tours:

Friday, June 14 (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.)

Saturday, June 15 (10 a.m. - 1 p.m.)

Sunday, June 16 (noon - 1 p.m.)

Wednesday, June 19 (10am-4pm)

Thursday, June 20 (10am-4pm)

Friday, June 21 (10am-4pm)

Saturday, June 22 (10am-1pm)

Sunday, June 23 (noon-1pm)

Afternoon Sails (2 p.m. - 4 p.m.)

Thursday, June 13

Saturday, June 15

Sunday, June 16

Saturday, June 22

Sunday, June 23

Evening Sails (6 p.m. - 8 p.m.)

Friday, June 14

Saturday, June 15

Wednesday, June 19

Thursday, June 20

Friday, June 21

Saturday, June 22

Tuesday, 02 April 2019 11:29

Aquatic Awe at Pacific Seas

by Matt Wakefield

Juvenile Hammerhead Sharks. More than just a great band name, they have also been one of the main draws to the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium's new Pacific Seas Aquarium in its first six months in operation.

Tuesday, 19 March 2019 12:53

Pabulum Bash - Côte Bonneville

By Rachael Lucas

Titillation of my palate is basically what gets me out of bed in the morning. 

Sunday, 10 March 2019 17:25

Alison Leber, You Go, Girl!

By Rachael Lucas

I look up to brave, independent, innovative women. 

Monday, 04 March 2019 21:26

Escape with a Ranger-Guided Tour

by Matt Wakefield 

The crunch of snow under more than two dozen pairs of snowshoes is the only sound in an otherwise silent forest clearing.

Tuesday, 12 February 2019 16:54

Hygge: A Recipe for Coziness

by Matt Wakefield

Hipsters and Danish people (and presumably especially hipster Danes) call it “hygge,” but it’s really just a feeling of coziness, contentment and general wellbeing.

Tuesday, 29 January 2019 11:11

Tacoma Nexus for Glass Art

by Matt Wakefield

Two museums with world-class glass art collections connected by a Bridge of Glass.

Sunday, 20 January 2019 23:24

World War I America at MOHAI

TASTE News Service, January 21. 2019 - Empires were destroyed, millions perished, and the world was upended by a war meant to end all others.

Tuesday, 15 January 2019 23:04

Coffee and Doughnuts

by Matt Wakefield  

For every season, an accolade.

The sun is not going to show up and drag you out to the waterfront – or up to Mount Rainier for that matter – every day of the year.

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