Washington Filmworks (WF) uses our Location of the Month newsletters to showcase the diversity of unique looks and resources for production in a number of jurisdictions around Washington State. Find previous installments archived on our website and on the WF Blog.

In light of the Seafair season in Seattle, we decided to do something a little different for the August Location of the Month by adopting a maritime theme. This month we highlight the Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority and their two stunning sailing vessels, the Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain, which have some impressive credits. We’ll return to the regular format next month, but for now, ahoy!

Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority – August 2014

Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority (GHHSA) is a public development authority that was chartered by the City of Aberdeen in 1986 to build the tall ship Lady Washington for the 1989 Centennial of Washington State. Since then, the Historical Seaport has grown into a 501(c)3 non-profit with a mission to offer hands-on living history education for K-12 students and the general public. In 2005, GHHSA acquired the tall ship Hawaiian Chieftain and the two ships travel to more than 40 ports a year in Washington, Oregon, California, and British Columbia. In 2013, the Historical Seaport acquired Seaport Landing, a 38-acre former sawmill property in Aberdeen. GHHSA is now working on a master plan to redevelop the property into a multi-use tourism destination facility.

Lady Washington in San Francisco Bay. Photo by Thomas Hyde

Resources for Filmmakers

Projects Filmed with the Maritime Collateral

Hawaiian Chieftain Under Sail. Photo by Ron Arel


  • Star Trek: Generations, Paramount Pictures (1994)
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl, Walt Disney Pictures (2003)
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, Walt Disney Pictures (2006)
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, Walk Disney Pictures (2007)
  • The West, IMAX, Blackbeard, Stonewerks Productions


  • The Real Story “Pirates of the Caribbean,” Blink Films for the Smithsonian Channel (2011)
  • Once Upon A Time “The Crocodile,” ABC-TV (2012)
  • Smosh “Assassin’s Creed 4 Rock Anthem,” Alloy Digital (2013)
  • Revolution, NBC-TV (2013)

Music Videos

  • “Can’t Hold Us,” Macklemore / Ryan Lewis Productions (2013)

Other Programs, Events and Voyages

Lady Washington with Hawaiian Chieftain at Percival Landing in Olympia. Photo Courtesy Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority


  • One-hour dockside and three-hour dockside sailing programs for K-12 students in over 40 ports per year. These hands-on living history programs help students understand the early exploration of the west coast of North America by Anglo-Europeans, as well as basic navigation and oceanography.
  • Two- and three-hour sailing programs for the general public.
  • Walk-on tours. These give guests a taste of life aboard an 18th Century sailing vessel.
  • Ships are also available for charter to film and television producers.

Public Events:

  • “Sail-a-bration” event on Independence Day includes tours of the ships, activities for families, music, and viewing of Aberdeen’s annual community fireworks show from one of the best viewing locations in the city.


  • Ships make voyages to over 40 ports a year from San Diego to Port Angeles, including many ports in Puget Sound and in the San Francisco Bay area.
  • There are many more requests for visits than the GHHSA can accomodate per year, so the following factors weigh into the decision of whether or not to schedule a voyage:
    • Potential for revenue
    • Proximity to population centers
    • Adequate public access and marina facilities
    • Philosophy to serve young people, no matter the economic circumstance

Relevant Contact Information

  • Local Film Liaison – Joe Follansbee, Communications Director for Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority, (360) 589-0766, jfollansbee@historicalseaport.org


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