April 2020

GiveBIG for the Future of

Maritime Heritage and Education

On May 6, tens of thousands of people are showing their support for their favorite nonprofits through GiveBIG Washington 2020. GiveBIG is an online giving campaign that celebrates and promotes philanthropy. The money we raise will help the Virginia V Foundation continue to provide one-of-a-kind learning experiences for kids and adults aboard this historic vessel. 
Given the impact of COVID-19 on the nonprofit community, the need to give is bigger than ever. That’s why GiveBIG is open for early donations today and is partnering with #GivingTuesdayNow on a two-day celebration of giving. Additionally, the
 CARES Act now permits non-itemizers to take a deduction of up to $300 on top of the standard deduction for donations made this year. There has never been a better time to support the causes that matter to you!
Please mark your calendars for May 5th and 6th!  You can go straight to our
 VIRGINIA V GiveBig page to donate. Any size donation will help us reach our goal and the first $500 raised will be matched dollar for dollar. Together, we can make an impact on the story of the VIRGINIA V for years to come.

From the Archives...

Spring of 1922 found the VIRGINIA V under construction at Maplewood, WA, as shown here in this photograph taken by Ed Anderson. The ship was launched on March 9th, at the home of her builder, Matt Anderson. Ellen Bringloe, the postmistress at Camp Sealth, smashed a bottle of creek water against her bow and christened the ship VIRGINIA V but, at that time, the ship was still only a hull. That hull was towed to Seattle, where Heffernan Engine Works installed the engine and machinery, then returned to Maplewood to have the upper decks completed. The ship was completely finished by June that year and she took her maiden voyage on June 11th. 

*NEW* Maritime Exploration At Home

For the Kids: Nautical Word Search

Learn nautical terms by hunting for them in this word search puzzle!
For the Science Buffs: Will a sinking ship pull you down with it?

There are lots of myths about a sinking boat being able to suck you down with it, but is it true? The MythBusters put this nightmare to the test in this MiniMyth classic!
For the Steamheads: Mosquito Fleet Mondays

We will feature a different ship every Monday, teaching some of the fascinating history of the VIRGINIA V's contemporaries. Catch up on the first video about the SS Beaver. 
For the Experts: V5 Crossword
Think you know the VIRGINIA V inside and out? Try our crossword puzzle!
For the Virtual Book Club: Seattle's Waterfront by Joy Keniston-Longrie

From the early settlement by the Duwamish-Suquamish tribes to the end of the Alaskan Way Viaduct, learn about the perpetual evolution of the Seattle Waterfront. Available to borrow as a digital ebook from Seattle Public Libraries.

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