The Steamer Virginia V is a National Historic Landmark and a treasure of Seattle's maritime history. From our home port in the city's vibrant South Lake Union neighborhood, we travel the waters of Puget Sound and explore the region's rich history. Come aboard! Experience a piece of the past in the middle of one of America's most modern cities.

The Steamer Virginia V Foundation is a non-profit charitable organization under section 501(c)(3) of The Internal Revenue Code. EIN: 91-0989160.

Discover Your Virginia V

VIRGINIA V is a nearly 100-year-old steam-powered wooden ship offering our community many ways to engage with history.

Seattle's Maritime History

History of the Mosquito Fleet

Nearly a century ago, the best mass transit system in the Pacific Northwest was the Mosquito Fleet. Steamships like Virginia V ferried people, farm produce, and more than the occasional cargo of livestock between the cities and towns that lined Puget Sound. Read more...

Keep Steaming Along

The craftsmanship and engineering behind Virginia V is a blueprint for success. The focal point is a magnificent steam engine settled in the all-wood hull. Thanks to donor support and meticulous maintenance, this is the same engine that has been powering the ship for as long as the Virginia V has been around. Read more...

Thinking about membership in the Steamer Virginia V Foundation?

Our members get discounts on boat rentals, special events and much more.

Celebrations at Sea

Private Charters

Rent Virginia V to make your next event magical. The setting on board is charming and intimate. Perfect for weddings, holiday parties, fundraisers, corporate events... you name it! We offer both dockside rentals and leisurely cruises.

Start planning today!

Virginia V's Century at Sea

We are only a few years away from celebrating 100 years of service for Virginia V. It's never too early start planning for such a historic moment. The Foundation will be looking for stories from locals, and support from volunteers and members like you. Contact our office to get involved at

Where to Find Us

Whenever we are not at sea, you can find us docked on the south shore of Lake Union, just behind MOHAI and the historic Carroll's Jewelers clock.


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