DANA POINT (December 18, 2018)– In 1788, the original Lady Washington was the first American vessel to make landfall on the west coast of North America. The new Lady Washington is a full-scale replica of the original tall ship and it will moor at Ocean Institute from December 28, 2018 – January 13, 2019.

The Lady Washington, which has been featured in movies and series including “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl,” “Star Trek: Generations” and ABC’s “Once Upon A Time,” was built in Aberdeen, Washington, by Grays Harbor Historical Seaport, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public development authority.

The original Lady Washington opened the trade route for black pearl and sandalwood between Hawaii and Asia when King Kamehameha became a partner in the ship. It also served in the American Northwest fur trade for ten years under five captains, crossing the Pacific Ocean ten times and touching a wide range of nations and cultures along the way.


Today, as Washington State’s Tall Ship Ambassador, the ship sails the waters of the Pacific Ocean, offering educational programs, free deck tours, and sailing excursions. Vessels like the Lady Washington offer a glimpse into America’s historic past and introduce the community to the sights and sounds of 18th and 19th century maritime life.


While in port at Ocean Institute, the Lady Washington will offer family-oriented Adventure Sails trips as well as dockside Vessel Tours of the ship. The guided experiences will include demonstrations of tall ship handling, sea shanty singing, and maritime activities.

Dockside vessel tours cost $15.00 per person and include admission to Ocean Institute on the day of the tour. Adventure Sails trips can be purchased online and cost $60 for adults and $50 for children.

Ocean Institute is open with regular hours during the holidays from December 26th-January 1. For more information on the Lady Washington or Ocean Institute visit oceaninstutute.org, or call (949) 496-2274.