13 Dec 18
San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Ahoy, mateys. Are you fans of Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie franchise? Well, consider this: The ship that Captain Jack Sparrow used to pursue the Black Pearl in the franchise’s first movie will soon be in Southern California — and you can ship out on it, even if only for a few hours.
The ship, which portrayed the HMS Interceptor, aboard which Sparrow chased his purloined ship, the Black Pearl, in the first “Pirates” movie, is in real life the Lady Washington, a historical replica tall ship that was launched in Aberdeen, Washington in 1989.
It has another Disneyland connection as well: Guess the name of the original Lady Washington’s companion ship when it became the first ship under an American flag to visit the West Coast of the United States. …. It was the Columbia Rediviva, better known today as the Sailing Ship Columbia, which was the first American ship to circumnavigate the globe. And guess where the full-scale replica of that ship cruises today? That’s right. At Disneyland.
Sailing ship Lady Washington, which portrayed the HMS Interceptor in the “Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl” movie. (Photo by Rick Horn, courtesy of Gray’s Harbor Historical Seaport)
Back to the Lady Washington, which will be in the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade, and then be available for cruising in late December from Newport Beach and Dana Point.
This ship not only sailed to the Caribbean in 2003 to portray the HMS Interceptor in “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl,” but also appeared in “Star Trek: Generations” and other films.
The ship is a full-scale copy of the original Lady Washington, which sailed around Cape Horn. It became, in 1788, the first American ship to touch land on the West Coast of the U.S., according to the ship’s owner, the Grays Harbor Historical Seaport located in Aberdeen, WA.
The Lady Washington was the first vessel under an American flag to visit Japan, Hong Kong and Honolulu. The replica vessel is the Washington State Ship, and frequently travels with its sister ship, the Hawaiian Chieftain — also owned by the Gray’s Harbor Historical Seaport.
Lady Washington (left), the ship used to portray the HMS Interceptor in “Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl” and its companion ship Hawaiian Chieftain (right) in Tacoma, WA. . (Photo by Lauren Kelly, courtesy of the Gray’s Harbor Historical Seaport)
In the first “Pirates” movie, the fictional HMS Interceptor was a British Royal Navy brig that was the fastest English vessel serving the King. The real Lady Washington did sail the Caribbean during the late 1700s, but was a merchant brig.
In order for the Lady Washington replica to appear in the movie, it sailed through the Panama Canal in 2003 (a much easier route than around Cape Horn) and was entirely repainted — then later painted back to its original colors. The ship spent about three months there during the filming, according to Zachary Stocks of the historical seaport.
Want to ride aboard the ship? It will be in at two Southern California ports starting this week and remaining through January.
Where: Newport Sea Base, 1931 W. Coast Highway, Newport Beach (Dec. 21-26, Jan. 18-20, Jan. 26-27) and Ocean Institute, 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point (Dec. 28-30 and Jan. 2-6). Note: The Lady Washington will be joined by the Hawaiian Chieftain when it docks in Newport Beach in January.
Dockside tours: $5 donation requested for tours in Newport Beach; tours in Dana Point are $15 and include admission the Ocean Institute for the day of the tour. Purchase tickets for Dana Point at ocean-institute.org.
Sailing: The Lady Washington will go on three-hour adventure sails from Newport Beach at 2 p.m. Dec. 22 and 23 ($42-$49). It will offer two-hour adventure sails from Dana Point at 2 p.m. Dec. 29-30, Jan. 5-6 and Jan. 13 ($55-$65), as well as two-hour evening sails at 4 p.m. Dec. 28, Jan. 2-4 and Jan. 11 ($50-$60). The Hawaiian Chieftain will go on a three-hour adventure sail at 10 a.m. Jan. 19 ($55-$65) and three-hour battle sails at 2 p.m. Jan. 19-20 and 2:30 p.m. Jan. 26-27 ($65-$85)