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         Thanks for giving the "Lady Washington" the attention, she's a lovely ship and a fine sailer. Just a few additions and corrections. I was part of the original rigging crew and again a year later when most of the standing rig was replaced with the Dacron. And I sailed in her off and on for several years.
         Two vessels left Boston on the first voyage, the larger was the "Columbia Rediviva" with Capt. Robert Gray in overall command. The Columbia river is named for this ship.
         The "Washington" left Boston rigged as a sloop. It was the smaller, shallower draft, more maneuverable vessel good for close in exploration. As for her build date, we don't really know, there are tales that she was a privateer in the Revolutionary War. Nor do we know what became of her. As to being re-rigged as a brig, I'm in the contrary camp. I'd say that logic and the evidence argues she was then a snow. But a brig has more sail and a much more complex (and fun) rig, so a brig she is today.
         The "Lady Washington" never retuned to Boston. Capt. Kendrick essentially stole the boat. Although he said he was only furthering the financial interests of the investors, he and that crew took off and went trading on their own in the Far East. Kendrick died after requesting a salute from a British ship. The British didn't bother to unload the shot. He died in his cabin.
         The "Columbia" circumnavigated the globe returning to Boston, the first American ship to do so. There was a second venture with just the "Columbia". Neither effort turned a profit.
         I would encourage folks to read about Capt. Gray. He was one of the good guys, with a genuine interest in dealing fairly and curiosity and respect for the people and cultures he found.

    Humor brings insight and tolerance. Irony brings a deeper and less friendly understanding. - Agnes Repplier

    by MarinerOne on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 04:36:00 PM PDT

    •  longwinded is good when it's that informative! (0+ / 0-)

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      by mallyroyal on Sat Jun 15, 2013 at 07:52:19 AM PDT

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      i had to fetch DeVoto's 'Course of Empire' and read his section on Capt. Robert Gray, master of the Columbia.  Very good (the history revealed and DeVoto's style.

      One excerpt (on summing up the skirmishes between the Columbiaand the native tribes in what is now 'Gray's Harbor') is as follows:  

      "The Northwest trade had its ruggedness: you killed a large percentage of the customers in order to do business with the rest on terms you considered proper."

      On something more marine, what is it like now to make passage into or out of Gray's Harbor (or even the Columbia River) I wonder?

      Thank you.

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      by ume on Sat Jun 15, 2013 at 08:18:00 AM PDT

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      •  Cold and wet (2+ / 0-)
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             Thanks for the reference to DeVoto, I'm unfamiliar, I'll look it up. I've been away from "things that float" for awhile now and it's time I read a little more of that history.
             Sailing in and out of Grays Harbor is a bit dull. It's pretty shallow so you're following the dredged channel. Though I have seen grey whales inside! I was worried about them. The weather is just awful. So much it's just low grey wet misery. I say that as a native Portlander. I like rain, but this is so much the same all the time. I don't like Southern California for the same reason, blue sky and warm, blue sky and warm. Make it stop! (Bitching and moaning is rule one and two for a sailor.)
             Crossing the bar of the Columbia is much more fun. Assuming you're not actively dying of course. Everyone says that their bar is the most dangerous, but Lloyd's of London says its the Columbia. I've been lucky, I've never had to cross on a bad day, I've even seen in completely flat. Very rare.
             I have to stop now, I'm wanting to go back out. I miss the good parts. But the bad parts, well, there is nothing worse than a bad day at sea.

        Humor brings insight and tolerance. Irony brings a deeper and less friendly understanding. - Agnes Repplier

        by MarinerOne on Sat Jun 15, 2013 at 11:18:59 AM PDT

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