Santa Cruz Good Times

Sunday
May 24th
Text size
  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size

Pirates of the Central Coast

lady washington_1A peek into life aboard the Pirates of the Caribbean ship

To hop aboard the Lady Washington is to take a step back in time. The 112-foot ship offers a glimpse into the life of sailors in the 1800s, with walk-on tours, sailing excursions and staff dressed in period clothing. The vessel, which is the official state ship of Washington, was docked in Moss Landing through today, Tuesday, Nov. 15.

The historically-accurate ship is a full-scale reproduction of the original Lady Washington, which was built in Massachusetts in the 1750s. In 1787, the original ship sailed around Cape Horn and became the first American vessel to land on the west coast of North America. The modern reproduction makes much shorter trips, sailing up and down the west coast and offering educational tours to local schools and other visitors.

In addition to providing tours, the Lady Washington has become a noted movie star. The ship made its move debut in 1994’s Star Trek: Generations and gained even more screen time in 2003, when it was featured in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.

Although the Lady Washington is safe by modern standards, it operates much the same way the original did in the 18th century. The vessel is manned by volunteers and paid employees who live on the ship full-time. Brothers Seth and Jordan Little have been living and working aboard the Lady Washington and its sister ship, the Hawaiian Chieftain for almost six months.

“Life on a boat is very different,” says Jordan. “We’ve got 15 people living in a 2,000-sqaure foot house that floats.”

Seth works on the Lady Washington as a deckhand, a jack-of-all-trades position integral in maintaining and sailing the ship. Jordan is the vessel’s educational coordinator, responsible for planning the ship’s many tours for local schools at each port.

“Our chief mission is the education of children on what life was like to be a sailor 200 years ago,” says Seth.

Although the ship’s primary purpose is education, it also serves as an on-the-job training program for aspiring sailors. Because the ship is a certified sail training vessel, the crew members are able to gain valuable experience to prepare them for a career as modern-day merchant sailors.

“We learn how to sail the boat,” says Seth. “We learn everything from knot work, to on-sea etiquette, to how maintain the boat and how to work the rigging.”


For more information, visit historicalseaport.org.

 

Comments (0)Add Comment

Write comment
smaller | bigger

busy
 

Share this on your social networks

Bookmark and Share

Share this

Bookmark and Share

 

Gate Openers

Up-and-coming artists like Ryan Bingham are a great reason to show up early to the Santa Cruz American Music Festival

 

Gemini Sun, Pentecost, Shavuot—Enlightenment and Gladness

As the sun enters Gemini on Sunday, sign of speaking, communication, thinking, inter-relations, writing and understanding languages, the feast days of Pentecost & Shavuot (Catholic and Jewish festivals) occur. During Pentecost’s 50 days after Easter, tongues of fire appear above the heads of the disciples, providing them with the ability to understand all languages and all feelings hidden in the minds and hearts of humanity. It’s recorded that Pentecost began with a loud noise, which happened in an upper room (signifying the mind). The Christ (World Teacher) told his disciples (after his ascension) when encountering a man at a well carrying a water pot (signs for Age of Aquarius) to follow him to an upper room. There, the Holy Spirit (Ray 3 of Divine Intelligence) would overshadow them, expand their minds, give them courage and enable them to teach throughout the world, speaking all languages and thus able to minister to the true needs of a “seeking” humanity. Pentecost (50 days, pentagram, Ray 5, Venus, concrete and scientific knowledge, the Ray of Aquarius) sounds dramatic, impressive and scary: The loud noise, a thunderous rush of wind and then “tongues of fire” above the heads of each disciple (men and women). Fire has purpose. It purifies, disintegrates, purges, transforms and liberates (frees) us from the past. This was the Holy Spirit (Ray 3, love and wisdom) being received by the disciples, so they would teach in the world and inform humanity of the Messiah (Christ), who initiated the new age (Pisces) and gave humanity the new law (adding to the 10 Commandments of the Aries Age) to Love (Ray 2) one another. Note: Gemini is also Ray 2. Shavuot is the Jewish Festival of Gladness, the First Fruits Festival celebrating the giving of the 10 Commandments to Moses as the Aries Age was initiated. Thus, we have two developmental stages here, Jewish festival of the Old Testament. Pentecost of the New Testament. We have gladness, integrating both.

 

The New Tech Nexus

Community leaders in science and technology unite to form web-based networking program

 

Off Her Meds

Kristin Wiig runs wild—and transcends her sketch comedy roots—as a truly strange character ‘Welcome to Me’
Sign up for Good Times weekly newsletter
Get the latest news, events

RSS Feed Burner

 Subscribe in a reader

Latest Comments

 

Flats Bistro

Pizza with an artisan twist comes to Aptos Beach

 

What’s your take on Santa Cruz locals?

Santa Cruz locals are really friendly once you know them. I think a lot of them have a hard time leaving, and I would too. Ryan Carle, Santa Cruz, Biologist

 

Soquel Vineyards

If Soquel Vineyards partners Peter and Paul Bargetto and Jon Morgan were walking down the street wearing their winning wine competition medals, you’d hear them coming from a mile away. This year was particularly rewarding for the Bargettos and Morgan—they won two Double Gold Medals and five Gold Medals at January’s San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.

 

Enlightened Flavors

Squash & Blossom’s artisanal alternative-flour delights, beet kvass from Cafe Ivéta, and the Santa Cruz Baroque Festival