Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Grays Harbor Historical Seaport

Sail. Learn. Discover.

aka Grays Harbor Historical Seaport

Aberdeen, WA


The mission of Grays Harbor Historical Seaport is to provide innovative educational, vocational, recreational and ambassadorial activities and experiences that promote and preserve the maritime history of Grays Harbor, the Pacific Northwest, and our nation.

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Executive Director

Brandi Bednarik

Main Address

500 N. Custer St. PO Box 2019

Aberdeen, WA 98520 USA


Maritime, Heritage, Youth, Families, At-Risk, Sail Training, Therapeutic





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Swimming, Water Recreation (N67)

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Programs + Results

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We believe that maritime history is heritage for all people. Our tall ships, Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain travel the west coast bringing experiential education to people of all ages. For kids, we get them outside, working with their hands, and interacting with history. For young adults, we provide them job skills to access family wage jobs in the maritime industry. For people of all ages, we are ambassadors of history, taking people sailing, giving free vessel tours, and being present for our complex history through reconciliation ceremonies with Native American tribal groups. The common thread of our work is education and empowerment on the water.

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Voyage of Explorers

Sea School

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We envision a world where all people have access to the incredible Pacific ocean. Through knowing and understanding this environment, we can all be better stewards of our shared history and our planet. We seek to equip people with the skills they need to be on the water for their job, for recreation, and for learning. Our five year plan includes a trans-Pacific voyage, following in the path of the original Lady Washington. In 2018 we are launching Sea School, a program that will offer scholarships to up to 58 young adults per year to follow their dream of a career at sea.

We build strong partnerships with other nonprofits, community groups, and the commercial industry to make this vision a reality. Our network of supporters is large, diverse, and committed to preserving tall ships. Our tenets of sustainable operation are: 1) An engaged core of Seaport members, 2) Outreach and inclusion, bringing people in regardless of ability to pay, 3) Building strong community partnerships that allow us to grow, and 5) Innovating. We seek to find ways to accomplish our aims without the exchange of money where possible, as in our partnership with Tongue Point Job Corps. TPJC sends students aged 17 to 24, who are at-risk youth, to sail aboard our vessels as deckhands for 45 days, further building their maritime skills. This partnership is a win/win without a dime of financial exchange.

Our organization brings a team of 23 full time employees, our two breathtaking tall ships, and our development at Seaport Landing. We utilize these resources carefully to further our mission of education and empowerment on the water. We solve a tremendous amount of problems through our network- many supporters are skilled tradespeople who help maintain our vessels so they can continue to serve as many people as possible.

We keep numeric metrics of our progress, including detailed service numbers. We issue digital surveys to the people who participate in our programs, which use qualitative as well as quantitative feedback. We analyze this data to identify our strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats and to shape our strategic planning.

In 2017 we have successfully completed phase 1 of Hawaiian Chieftain's "Project Overhaul" restoration, increased safety training and equipment onboard, announced the launch of Sea School in 2018 (including securing funding for 3 consecutive years and hiring a Director), served over 60,000 people, and trained 40 new mariners. Our goals for 2018 include increased community outreach and marketing, including 3-4 public panels on maritime job opportunities, participation in industry expos and festivals, and launching new free community events at Seaport Landing. We will provide a full scholarship to up to 48 participants to learn job skills on our vessels, participants chosen based on low-income status and merit. In 2018, we will empower more people than ever to discover new opportunities on the ocean.

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Grays Harbor Historical Seaport

Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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