I hope you are having a wonderful weekend. If you are like most people, Friday and Saturday nights might include taking in a movie...either at the local theater or at home with a nice bowl of popcorn. After a busy week, sometimes my husband and I love to curl up on our comfy leather sofa and watch a movie from our growing collection of DVDs. One of our favorite movies to watch at home is Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow in The Pirotes of the Carribean. This is definitely one of Johnny Depp's most memorable roles. I love each of the movies in the Pirates of the Carribean series and am looking forward to the release of the brand new movie with Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruise coming out in a couple of months.
Recently, my husband and I had the opportunity to tour a ship that was actually used in the 2003 movie, "The Pirates of the Caribbean, The Curse of the Black Pearl."
We read in the newspaper that "The Lady Washington" was going to be sailing into the Brownsville Marina for the day. The marina is not far from our home, and we decided to drive over and take this opportunity to view the ship.
We read that "The Lady Washington" had been used as the ship called "The Interceptor" in the movie, "The Curse of the Black Pearl." The ship is 112 ft. long and was built in Aberdeen, Washington, and launched in 1989. It is the official ship of Washington State. The ship is a replica of one of the first flagged US Vessels to visit the West Coast of North America. The main mast of the 99 ton vessel rises 89 feet off the water. The ship is crewed by US Coast Guard professionals, as well as a number of volunteers. As a matter of fact, the ship is now accepting applications for volunteers for future voyages.
"The Lady Washington" usually sails with another tall ship called "The Hawaiian Chieftain." The two ships conduct educational mock battle sails delighting young and old alike. The ships are used a lot for educational purposes and many school children have stepped aboard the decks of the two ships. History becomes real as the mock battles get underway. The original "Lady Washington" was a 90 ton merchant sloop that was named after Martha Washington. The original "Lady Washington" was captained by Robert Gray and later by John Kendrick. "The Lady Washington" became the first American vessel to reach Japan in an attempt to sell some pelts.
The replica "Lady Washington" was built in Aberdeen, Washington, for the 1989 Washington State Centennial celebrations. Aberdeen is located on Grays Harbor, an inlet of the Pacific Ocean named for Robert Gray...the man who discovered the Harbor.
"The Lady Washington" and "the Hawaiian Chieftain" sail up and down the Pacific Coast reaching out to sailors and lubbers of all ages through the romance of the sea in the hope that they take a little of her history back with them.
My husband learned that one of his interns at the company he works for had been one of the volunteers on "The Lady Washington" at one time and had gone on several voyages with her. What a coincidence...
So, as my husband and I settle in for the night with our Pirates of the Caribbean movie ready to go, we would like to say in our best pirate voice---"arrrrrrgh---------- matey, have yourself a nice weekend!"
Have a "bluebird day" today! xoxo Kim