An Angwin couple, Barry Low and Lainey Cronk, recently finished two weeks of crew training on the tall ship Lady Washington. The Lady is one of two boats from Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority, which is based in Aberdeen, Washington, and runs a program of education, history, and maritime training. The boats tour the West Coast throughout the year, doing living history sailing trips for groups of school children as well as public sails, dockside tours, and education for future crew members like Lainey and Barry. During their two weeks, trainees live on the boat and learn how to sail and maintain a tall ship, teach sailing history, staff tours, and, as Lainey puts it, "love the Lady."
An adventure. Here is one of Lainey's reports:
Lady at Dock
The First Mate stands on the rail of the quarter deck calling distances as the Lady enacts one of her most complicated maneuvers: docking.
Historically, this kind of boat would've anchored and sent small boats back and forth. The engine allows for the modern convenience of docking; but though she purrs like a (large) kitten, the single-screw 350-horsepower Scania doesn't offer much maneuverability for a 210-ton vessel.
"Stern fender one oh feet and closing," Johann calls. "Send after, send bow." Deck hands send docklines, two-and-a-half-inch in diameter and heavy with water, arching laboriously to the dock, where AJ (our purser, a sculptor recently in the building-corpses-for-haunted-houses industry) hauls them to various cleats. "Heavy compression on bow fender." "Tending bow." "Move after one cleat up." "Take up and hold bow." "Bow is held." This is the one time crew members call back individually, for optimum efficacy. The rest of the time the entire crew responds. Go up on deck and shout "ALL HANDS TO TEND CHICKENS!" and 11 or 12 voices from various parts of the boat would reply, "ALL HANDS TO TEND CHICKENS!"
Shifting by increments, the Lady slowly arranges herself as Captain Ken (an engineer and professional boat driver from Tacoma who likes tea, rum, and Game of Thrones) reconciles wind, current, engine, rudder, four docklines, four fenders, twelve sailors, twenty-six passengers, and one big, beautiful tall ship into gentle place against the dock.