As a privateer during the American Revolution, the original Lady Washington fought to help the colonies gain their independence from England. In 1788, she became the first American vessel to visit the West Coast of North America, beginning what would become the Pacific Fur Trade. Built by Grays Harbor Historical Seaport in Aberdeen, Washington, and launched in 1989 as a Washington State Centennial project, the reproduction Lady Washington sails the waters of Washington State and the West Coast of North America as the official ship of the state of Washington. With a busy year-round sailing schedule, Lady Washington provides education programs for schools in over 50 port communities in Washington, Oregon, California, and British Columbia. More than 9,000 school children visit Lady Washington each year to learn about the rich and colorful maritime heritage of our nation.