Support the Steamer Virginia V Foundation

Fungus Fund 2024
After the extensive shipyard period from February 2021 through June 2022, the Foundation leadership decided to take a break from preservation work on the ship in order to get the Virginia V out on the water for her centennial season.  Unfortunately that meant there were some areas of fungus that were not abated.

Over the summer of 2022,  a large steel guard piece on the outside of the port sponson became detached, revealing decayed wood layers inside. The sponson (also known as a guard) is essential in protecting the ship and it provides a ledge on which crewmembers walk while line handling during docking.  Getting the project done during the ship's off season was deemed essential by the board for the safety of the ship and its crew.

Virginia V  steamed to Pacific Fishermen Shipyard for dockside repair of the sponson in mid-January. It should be finished by mid-March and ready for another great season.

We welcome your generous contributions to the 2024 "Fungus Fund" as the shipyard bill will be coming due soon.

Feel free to make your donation today via this website or you may mail a check to our mailing address:

The Steamer Virginia V Foundation, PO Box 9566, Seattle WA 98109.  Please note that we no longer have an office at South Lake Union. Please do not send mail to either the old Fairview Ave. N. address or to any address on Terry Avenue.  Thank you for your help!

Every donation preserves, maintains, and operates Seattle's only National Historic Landmark vessel.

The Virginia V is the last of her kind. She has endured a long history ferrying people around Puget Sound for generations. She represents the region's hard-working past and this city's intimate connection to the sea. Read more about the ship's history and the investment needed to maintain her seaworthiness. As she continues to sail the waters of the Puget Sound, she demonstrates her value as a living, working maritime history museum.

The Foundation is primarily a volunteer-driven organization. That includes most of the crew and other staff you meet on board the ship. Their dedication and hard work serve more than 8,000 people who walk the decks of the Virginia V every year.

We know we need to do more. And we need your help to do it.

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

Please be sure to access any matching dollars for your contribution through your employer.  Let us know if you need any documentation or assistance from us to do so.

More Ways to Give

Vehicle/Boat donations:
Support The Steamer Virginia V Foundation by donating your used vehicle,rv, or boat! To get started with this simple process, please visit our donation page at

State of Washington Employees Combined Fund Drive:
If you work for the State, including UW employees, you can easily make a donation via your account in the CFD. Simply search for Virginia V  on the CFD search page, and select The Steamer Virginia V Foundation as one of the charities you support!

IRA Required Minimum Distributions:
Please consider making a contribution to The Steamer Virginia V Foundation as part of your IRA Required Minimum Distribution before the end of December. Here's a link to a helpful article on the IRS website that describes the benefits of charitable giving. The Steamer Virginia V Foundation is a 501c3 charity, EIN: 91-0989160.  If you need any information in order to set up a donation to the Foundation, please contact our office at 206-624-9119 or email us:

Planned giving:
We are committed for the long haul to keep the Virginia V sailing strong. Demonstrate your dedication to maritime history through planned giving, or donations of property and securitiesPlease contact us at or (206) 624-9119 with your questions.


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