January 2019

The VIRGINIA V is Volunteer-Powered

We know, technically the VIRGINIA V is steam powered. That doesn't change the fact that she wouldn't leave the dock without a crew of dedicated volunteers.

On January 12, we celebrated the dedication of these volunteers with our annual Volunteer Potluck. Foundation staff and board members were joined by about 50 volunteers at the Center for Wooden Boats Wagner Education Center for a meal and festivities. Gathering together off the ship and out of uniforms gave us a great opportunity to connect with the people who keep the VIRIGNIA V on the water. Highlights included a cake decorated in nautical signal flags (which read "BRAVO ZULU" meaning "Well done!"), a door prize drawing of stay-cations at Kimpton's local boutique hotels, and the announcement of our Volunteer of the Year. 

It is with heartfelt gratitude that we announce the 2019 Dan Ayers Volunteer of the Year—Chief Electrician, Mairi Dulaney!
Mairi received resounding support for this award due to her steadfast willingness to help and deep knowledge of the vessel’s electrical systems. Mairi shows great reverence toward the VIRGINIA V and always answers the call to help – whether it’s to perform engineering maintenance or assist our Senior Docent on board. She is always very proud to show off the vessel! Mairi has taken on several important electrical projects that not only saved the Foundation significant resources, but, increased the overall safety and reliability of the vessel. In addition, Mairi recently designed the very detailed control circuitry for our new tankless hot water heaters which will be installed within the next few months upon U.S.C.G system review and approval – moving us one step closer to restoring heat on the ship. 
Please join us in congratulating Mairi on her well-deserved achievement and all our volunteers on their meaningful contributions to this great vessel. BRAVO ZULU, VIRGINIA V Volunteers!

From the Archives...

ABOVE: In honor of Camp Sealth's centennial, here is Jean McMinn (Etsell), center, on her way to camp on the VIRGINIA V in 1940. Camp Sealth was founded in 1920 as the first permanent resident camp for girls in Washington State - and it is still in operation 100 years later as a co-ed overnight camp with Camp Fire Seattle. From 1920 to 1970, the VIRGINIA V became a fixture for these campers known as the Campfire Girls, carrying them from Seattle to Vashon Island and back each summer. If you rode to Camp Sealth aboard the VIRGINIA V, we'd love to hear from you! Please email Debra Alderman, Executive Director, at

Upcoming Events

February 7th & 21st, and March 6th & 20th: DRYFT Dockside Concert Series. Intimate acoustic concert series on board. Various artists. 
February 14th and March 13th: Chantey Sing. This group organized by the Northwest Seaport will charm you with their melodies and seafaring knowledge.

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