August 2019

Future Mariners On Board!

In July, we welcomed a group of 45 high school students from the Goodwill Youth Maritime program and Seattle Skills Center aboard the VIRGINIA V to take part in a special educational cruise. With the assistance of our volunteer crew, the students explored the ship and took part in activity stations to learn how it operates. From hauling up their friends in a man overboard drill, to oiling the engine, to steering the ship alongside the captain, the students experienced what it’s like to sail with the VIRGINIA V firsthand.

In between testing their seaworthy skills, they attended a Q&A maritime career panel hosted by volunteers and master mariners Mark Miller, Captain Don Moore, and Jim Herron, who discussed their experiences in the industry and answered students’ 
questions about starting their own career paths.

This is the second year of our partnership with Goodwill Youth Maritime, and the first year Seattle Skills Center was invited to join. We are proud to support these organizations and their missions to educate and inspire under-served youth who are interested in a maritime career path. On cruises like these, these students have a unique opportunity to learn from both experts in the field and from each other—as well as witnessing the VIRGINIA V in action!

If you are interested in volunteering with youth programs like this one, please contact Margaret Saunders at

From the Archives...

ABOVE:  Invented in 1909 by Captain Harry Barlow, a Barlow Marine Elevator was installed on the VIRGINIA V in the twenties to assist with handling freight from the piers. It was a much safer and faster way to load and unload freight. Before this, crew would move heavy loads manually up and down a sloped ramp between the dock and ship’s deck. As shown above, the new elevator was placed on the bow of the ship just in front of the wheelhouse, and a platform slid out from the boat deck almost level with the dock. By 1930, nearly every freight-carrying vessel in the Mosquito Fleet had one of these elevators. 

Upcoming Events

August 2nd & 16th, and September 20th: DRYFT Dockside Concert Series. Intimate acoustic concert series on the SS VIRGINIA V. Various artists. 
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 10th & August 24th: Steamship Saturdays.  Come aboard for an hour-long narrated cruise to learn about the sights, sounds, and history of Lake Union.
August 11th: Working Waterfronts. A public cruise with MOHAI featuring historical narration, activities, and more!
August 30th - September 1st: Weekend Getaway Cruise. Travel to Olympia Harbor Days in style! Package includes two-nights stay. 
August 31st: Olympia Harbor Days Cruises. Departing at 12:30pm and 3:30pm during Olympia’s signature waterfront event.
September 13th: Chantey Sing. This group organized by the Northwest Seaport will charm you with their melodies and knowledge.
September 28th & 29th: Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival Cruises. Departing at 12:30pm and 3:30pm during the annual festival hosted by the Center for Wooden Boats. 

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.
SOLD OUT! 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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