Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Lady Washington

The ship that served as the Interceptor in Pirastes of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl is actually from Washington State and is named Lady Washington.

Lady Washington has docked in Olympia:

Lady Washington, the brig that shared billing with Johnny Depp in “The Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl,” has docked in Olympia in time for the annual Olympia maritime celebration Harbor Days.

Starting today, visitors can tour the Lady Washington, a replica of the vessel that Capt. Robert Gray helmed in the 1790s to trade with the Pacific Northwest Coastal Indian tribes, while it sits at the dock of Percival Landing. The boat will also sail around Budd Inlet for three hours starting at 6 p.m. during its stay in Olympia, but tickets for the sail are sold out this year, said Stephanie Talevich, spokeswoman for ship’s owner, the Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority.
I would love to go for a sail on Lady Washington (though I don't know how to sail).

Some interesting facts about Lady Washington from the article:

-- Though the Lady Washington stood in for a military ship in “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl,” it is actually a replica of a merchant ship. The ship’s other credits include “Star Trek: Generations” and the IMAX movie “The West.”

-- Capt. Robert Gray, who helmed the original Lady Washington, discovered Grays Harbor, his namesake, and the Columbia River during his travels to trade pelts with the Pacific Northwest Indians. He also was the first American to circumnavigate the globe.

-- The ship traveled to the Caribbean to film the “Pirates of the Caribbean;” the second disc on the collector’s edition DVD has a short feature about the journey.

-- The replica ship was launched in 1989 by the Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority as an educational tool for students to learn about global trade, sea travel and Washington state history.
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Nathalie said...

I love these big sailboats. When I was in London I turned into a street, and there was a sailboat just lying there in a little canal. Gorgeous.
I think I was a pirate in a former life ;)

Lady Jane said...

I love them too. What an interesting story! I quite envy you for being in London. Who wouldn't want to be a pirate?

AJ said...

Cool! Maybe I saw it while we were in Olympia on Friday!