Are you a history buff? You are in luck if you are headed to the Oregon Coast this spring!
The beautiful brig Lady Washington is a full-scale reproduction of the original Lady Washington, the first American vessel to make landfall on the west coast of North America in 1788. The topsail ketch Hawaiian Chieftain is a replica of a typical European merchant trader of the turn of the nineteenth century. Her hull shape and rigging are similar to those of Spanish explorer’s ships used in the expeditions of the late 18th century along the Washington, Oregon, and California coasts.
Dockside tours, battle sails, educational tours and passage are available for the annual Tall Ship days. Click here to see schedule of events. You can purchase tickets by visiting www.historicalseaport.org or calling 800-200-5239.
The Coos Historical and Maritime Museum in North Bend is presenting Shipwreck! and Victor West: A Photographic History of Coos County.
The Shipwreck! exhibit highlights the dramatic incidents and remaining physical evidence of maritime disasters along the southern Oregon coast while the Victor West exhibit displays the artistic and historically important photograph collection of this reknowned maritime historian.
The entire maritime exhibit room has been redesigned to exhibit South Coast fishing, shipbuilding, and maritime activity. The new CCHS exhibits have been coordinated with the opening of a 15th National Exhibition of American Society of Marine Artists exhibit at the Coos Art Museum in downtown Coos Bay. Enjoy the maritime views of both museums in the Bay Area!
Want a little more maritime history? Here is some info Hannah Cooney of the The Coos Historical and Maritime Museum provided us:
The Western Shore (a.k.a. Oregon Clipper), Oregon’s most famous sailing ship, set speed records to England during the 1870s. The ship (the only clipper ever built in the state) was built just a few hundred yards from the Coos Historical and Maritime Museum, in the heart of the North Bend waterfront, by the founders of the city of North Bend.
Visit this link for the whole story.
Visistorical ships will be on display in the Coos Bay boardwalk and maritime history and art will be the centerpiece in the Coos Historical and Maritime Museum and the Coos Art Museum.