June 4, 2013
MOTORISTS TRAVELING along Interstate 84 in Oregon or Washington State Route 14 Monday were treated to a view of living history as the topsail ketch Hawaiian Chieftain, front, and brig Lady Washington, the official ship of Washington State, headed toward The Dalles, where they docked through Tuesday. The vessels will then continue upriver on a seven-week tour of ports along the river, including overnight stops at Arlington and Umatilla this week. Their arrival in Pasco Friday begins an 11-day visit to the city. Launched in 1989, the Lady Washington is a replica of one of the first U.S.-flagged ships to visit the west coast of North America. Hawaiian Chieftain is an interpretation of a typical early 19th century coastal trader. Launched in 1988, she specializes in hands-on educational programs for young people. Both vessesls are owned and operated by the Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority, a not-for-profit organization based in Aberdeen, Wash.