Grays Harbor Historical Seaport partnered with the Hands Preserving History Project initiated by Lile and Bean and Piano Finders in 2018. On June 2, 2021, GHHS joins Breathe Free on Wings in Rhythm Project with plans to stage an unveiling of art by Seiko Tachibana and the restoration of a the Hamburg Steinway Grand by Kendall Ross Bean. As part of the Hands Preserving History Project, the culminating event will be included in the Breathe Free on Wings in Rhythm Project attended by the Lady Washington, a historical tall ship and museum.
Piano was originally donated to Oakland Symphony by Thomas Vanderheide in memory of his mother. Then piano was sold by Piano Finders on behalf of the Oakland Symphony, to the current owner whose Trust is donating money for its restoration and the art installation.
About Grays Harbor Historical Seaport
Grays Harbor Historical Seaport is a 501 (c)(3) educational non-profit public development authority based in Aberdeen, Washington. For more than 25 years, we have provided hands on education opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds aboard the tall ship Lady Washington. With a focus on teamwork and empowerment, our programs explore our shared history and our daily connections to the world’s oceans. Official Website.
Lady Washington, the Tall Ship
Launched on March 7, 1989, the Lady Washington was built in Aberdeen, Washington, by Grays Harbor Historical Seaport, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public development authority. The new Lady Washington is a full-scale replica of the original Lady Washington.
In 1787, after the Revolutionary War, she was given a major refit to prepare her for a unprecedented trading voyage around Cape Horn. In 1788, she became the first American vessel to make landfall on the west coast of North America.
A pioneer in Pan-Pacific trade, she was the first American ship to visit Honolulu, Hong Kong and Japan. Lady Washington opened the black pearl and sandalwood trade between Hawaii and Asia when King Kamehameha became a partner in the ship.
The modern Lady Washington, constructed as a brig, was thoroughly researched by historians and traditionally constructed by skilled shipwrights. She was launched as part of the 1989 Washington State Centennial celebration. The new Lady Washington is a U.S. Coast Guard inspected and certified passenger sailing vessel.
Over the years, Lady Washington has appeared in several motion pictures and television shows, including Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Star Trek: Generations, Once Upon A Time, and Revolution.