The tall ship LADY WASHINGTON really gets around – she’s one of the stars of a seven-minute hip-hop video, “CAN’T HOLD US,” by MACKLEMORE, pictured right, and producer RYAN LEWIS.

It looks like a whopping dance party was going on all over the ship’s decks, and while the Ear’s toes were a-tapping, a modicum of restraint was shown by not chair dancing in the newsroom. You can see the video here:

In case you don’t know who Macklemore (aka Ben Haggerty) is, ABC news called the Seattle rapper “an overnight sensation, 14 years in the making” ( Before he became mega-famous via YouTube (no record label, no agent), he had “no money at all.”

According to a press release from JOE FOLLANSBEE, communications director of the Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority in Aberdeen, Wash., which owns the vessel, the production team shot the video while the ship was in Ventura and Oakland, Calif., this year.

And a very popular video it is – it has been viewed more than 80 million times, and the single hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

As if all that exposure weren’t enough publicity for the elegant ship, Macklemore, who is known for his dedication to raising awareness of the needs of at-risk youth, did a PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT to enthusiastically support the Lady Washington and ask people to donate to the cause online because of the ship’s education programs for youth (

Want to donate? Go to https://donate.towercare.


“It was crazy,” Macklemore rhapsodized in the PSA about filming on the tall ship. “I was out there on the open seas, on the water, drinking hot cocoa, looking out over the vast horizon, thinking about life. ... We’re on the open water, breeze hitting your face – smells like salt and dolphins. I was up on the mast, I was a little baby pirate, a little urban baby pirate up on there, doing my thing, and you can do that thing, too. Go visit the Lady Washington, like we did.” Not a bad idea.

— Elleda Wilson

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