Historic 'Lady' arrives in the Gorge

The Lady Washington returns to the Columbia River this week for its first visit to the region in more than three years.

The historic ship arrives in Hood River Thursday, will remain in port overnight, head to The Dalles and return June 11-13. The public can tour the vessel and go for a sail.

Launched in March 1989, Lady Washington is a full-scale replica of the first American vessel to explore the Pacific Northwest coast. She is owned and operated by Grays Harbor, Wash., Historical Seaport Authority and is based in Aberdeen, Wash.

The Lady Washington arrives in Cascade Locks today. Dockside tours will be from 2 p.m. to dusk. When it returns to Cascade Locks on June 13, dockside tours will be from 2-4 p.m., and the public sail from 5-8 p.m.

The vessel docks at Hood River Marina after its “grand arrival” at 1 p.m. Thursday. There will be tours aboard that evening.

The ship then goes to The Dalles June 7-10, and returns to Hood River at 1 p.m. June 11. It will be in Hood River all day on June 12.

Dockside tours will be from 2-6 p.m. Thursday and 2-4 p.m. on June 1. A public sail is scheduled from 5-8 p.m. June 11. On June 12, the vessel will be open 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., with a 2-5 p.m. public sail. Admission to the self-supporting, non-profit, floating museum is $3 for adults, $2 for seniors, $1 for children ages 12 and under.

For public sails, reservations are suggested at 1-800-200-5239.

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