But there will be a passel of multi-masted, wind powered vessels entering our fair city, and staying for the weekend. During the weekend, there will be cannon battles on Lake Union between the Washington State based Lady Washington and the Hawaii based Hawaiian Cheiftan. Readers of the New Yorker recently read an account of sailing from Friday Harbor, WA to Vancouver BC over the course of a week in September 2001 aboard the Lady Washington.
The Seattle Times included a great deal of coverage of the events this weekend (including this cool PDF based on the Lady Washington), as did the P-I. The P-I’s coverage was bit cooler – because a staff writer is a volunteer crew member of the Lady Washington.
Sadly, Jason will be out in Eastern Washington this weekend. I have an unutterably powerful desire to see Jason give a full concert on the deck of a full-scale 100-foot-or-larger three master – a ship the size of the sadly unrestored Wawona at the foot of Lake Union or of the USS Constitution in Boston harbor.
Hmm, who’da thunk it? Apparently wind powered ship enthusiasts are not the most effective website designers!