Lady Washington in Antioch

Antioch Marina Welcomes an Unplanned Visit from Tall Ship Lady Washington

An unexpected schedule change brings the tall ship Lady Washington back to Antioch this week. Antioch Marina is happy to offer accommodations for this last minute change and welcomes the Lady Washington and her illustrious crew to the spectacular Antioch Waterfront. The Lady Washington is operated by Grey’s Harbor Historical seaport offering onboard educational adventure sails and tours.

This weekend come visit the crew of the Lady Washington and experience living history in the grand days of sail at the Antioch Marina.

Lady Washington in Antioch

A full schedule of events can be found below

October 31 (Tuesday) – ARRIVAL in Antioch

November 1 (Wednesday) –  Tours: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. ($5 donation)

November 2 (Thursday)  – Tours: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. ($5 donation)

November 3 (Friday) – Tours: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. ($5 donation)

November 4 (Saturday) – Tours: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. ($5 donation)
Adventure Sail: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. ($42-$49)

November 5 (Sunday) – Tours: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. ($5 donation)
Adventure Sail: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. ($42-$49)

November 6 (Monday) – Passage: Antioch to Monterey (Est. trip time 26hrs)

Lady Washington Statistics

Length on deck: 67 feet
Length on the waterline: 72 feet
Overall length: 112 feet
Draft (Depth): 11 feet
Beam (Width): 22 feet
Mast height: 89 feet
Displacement: 210 tons
Gross tonnage: 99 tons
Total sail area: 4,442 square feet
Rigging: Approximately six miles
Guns: Two three pounder; two swivels aft
Crew compliment: 12
Passenger capacity: 45


Fun Facts & Trivia

  • A number of coins are hidden on the Lady Washington. Traditionally, each time a mast is “stepped” or fitted onto the keel, a coin is placed at the base of the mast. In 1989, when the Lady Washington received her first mast, a silver coin was placed at the base. Later, during routine maintenance and mast replacements, more coins were placed. An estimated $1.75 in change is at the base of the current mast.
  • Laid end to end, Lady Washington’s 156 lines of running rigging would extend three miles.
  • The Lady Washington’s ceiling is under crew and passenger’s feet. On a wooden ship, the “ceiling” planks are horizontal planks of wood covering the inner part of the ship’s ribs from the keel upward along the hull.
  • The original Lady Washington started out as a single-masted sloop when it was constructed in the 1750s. It was refitted as a two-masted brig before her voyage to the Pacific Northwest in 1787.
  • In 1791, the original Lady Washington was the first American-flagged vessel to visit Japan and attempt to open trade, 62 years before Commodore Mathew Perry entered Tokyo Bay in 1853 with his US Navy squadron. The original Lady Washington was also the first American-flagged vessel to visit Honolulu and Hong Kong.


For further questions feel free to call Antioch Marina at (925)779-6957, or visit their website http://www.ci.antioch.ca.us/antioch-marina/

For more information on Lady Washington, visit http://www.historicalseaport.org/…/saili…/antioch-california

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