Cruise Lake Union on board the S.S. Virginia V with Historic Seattle

When: Saturday, July 17

Where: S.S. Virginia V, moored at South Lake Union at the Center for Wooden Boats, 1010 Valley St. Seattle.

Registration: $50 Historic Seattle and Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) members and guests of members; $60 general public; $25 students

Pre-registration required no later than Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

Register at or call (206) 622-6952.

To celebrate the 88th anniversary of her maiden voyage, join Historic Seattle and the Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) on the S.S. Virginia V. Enjoy refreshments while learning about the past, present, and future of Lake Union, including the move by MOHAI to the Naval Reserve Training Center. Our presenters include Leonard Garfield, Executive Director of MOHAI, Betsy Davis, Executive Director of the Center for Wooden Boats, and Rich Haag, the landscape architect whose creative solutions have made Gasworks Park a national model for turning unused and polluted industrial sites into wonderful civic gathering places.

The Virginia V was built in 1922 for the West Pass Transportation Company to carry freight and passengers from the communities on Vashon Island to Seattle and Tacoma. Once part of a large fleet of vessels that served waterfront towns all over Puget Sound, Virginia V is the last surviving ship from the famous "Mosquito Fleet." At a time when most of the small private ferries were scrapped, the "Five" continued to provide a vital commercial service as a passenger and cargo ferry well into the mid-twentieth century. By the 1950s she had become Seattle's favorite excursion and charter vessel and has remained in almost continuous operation in the years since.  In the 1970s, both Seattle and Tacoma designated the Virginia V as a City Landmark, and in 1992 she was listed as a National Historic Landmark Vessel. In the mid-70s, the Virginia V Foundation was formed as a non-profit heritage organization with the mission of preserving this historic treasure for generations to come. In the 1990s Virginia V underwent an extensive $6.5 million dollar restoration. This July 17 celebratory excursion on board the Virginia V captures the romance of the fabled days of the Mosquito Fleet era, evoking all the sights and sounds when steam ship passage was a way of life throughout the Puget Sound.
Historic Seattle, founded in 1974, is the only city-wide nonprofit membership organization dedicated to the preservation of Seattle’s architectural legacy.  Historic Seattle advocates for and participates in the thoughtful preservation and rehabilitation of historic buildings, landscapes, and architectural artifacts.