July 2019

Learning Aboard the VIRGINIA V

A select group of teens is embarking on a unique summer learning adventure aboard the VIRGINIA V. Operating this historic vessel provides a one-of-a-kind opportunity to create hands-on experiences for young people through our internship program.

Next week, the 2019 C. Keith Birkenfeld summer interns will start their first shifts on board. These six teens will serve as deckhands and engineers alongside our crew to operate and maintain the vessel. 

This is our sixth year hosting the high school internship program, and we are proud to share how the program has grown and evolved since its inception. We received 18 applications this year, an all-time high, from students around the Puget Sound. By partnering with youth-
serving organizations to get the word out, we recruited a diverse pool of candidates and filled the six positions with enthusiastic and deserving teens.

This year's program will have a greater emphasis on transferable career skills. Interns will participate in Experience Maritime, a week-long workshop with the Seattle Maritime Academy, learning about maritime skills and career pathways. Interns will also build soft skills including resume writing and networking through our training seminars, ultimately testing those skills at the Lake Union Day intern fair.

If you spot these interns aboard, be sure to say hello! If you'd like to support education programs like this, please consider making a donation.
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From the Archives...

ABOVE: The VIRGINIA V at Camp Sealth in 1960 with heaps of baggage on the wharf, fore deck, and boat deck. The passenger count on the Camp Sealth runs was always near full capacity with 310 to 325 passengers. The port-side landing shown in the photo is unusual, as there was a back-eddy off of the wharf which usually caused southwestward flow at the wharf face. Photograph courtesy of the Steve Pickens collection.

Upcoming Events

July 4th: Fireworks Viewing Party. Join us dockside for the best view in town. Limited to 42 guests. Tickets still available!
July 12th, August 2nd & 16th: DRYFT Dockside Concert Series. Intimate acoustic concert series on the SS VIRGINIA V. Various artists. 
July 18th & August 11th: Working Waterfronts. A public cruise with MOHAI featuring historical narration, activities, and more!
July 13th and 27th, August 10th & 24th: Steamship Saturdays.  Come aboard for an hour-long narrated cruise to learn about the sights, sounds, and history of Lake Union.
July 20th: Locks Cruise to Bainbridge Island. A truly memorable trip through the Ballard Locks and into Eagle Harbor at Bainbridge Island.
August 3rd & August 4th: Blue Angels Cruises. Join us for a cruise to Lake Washington to see the Blue Angels perform overhead. This event sells out, so get your tickets early!
August 31st: Olympia Harbor Days CruisesTwo one-hour cruises during Olympia’s signature waterfront event.

Upcoming Programs

August 5th - 9th: Drama on Deck Camp. Delve into what it was like to survive and rebuild after the Storm of 1934 while creating a performance piece for friends and family. In partnership with the Seattle Children’s Theatre.
August 12th - 16th: Seafaring Adventures Camp.Explore life on board a ship and plunge into the science of steam-powered engines, navigation, and model sailboat building. In partnership with MOHAI, the Center for Wooden Boats, and Northwest Seaport.

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