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VIRGINIA V (Steamer)

Seattle, Washington
County of King.
860 Terry Avenue North
National Register Number: 73001875
Resource type: Structure.
Property type: Maritime: Vessel. The threat level was Satisfactory in
Congressional District: WA-7 Certified Local Government: YES
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Current use/information: Excursion Steamer.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - October 5, 1992):
Virginia V is one of two surviving members of the American "mosquito fleet"--the large, unlicensed steamers that worked the inland waters of United States. She was built in 1922 for the West Pass Transportation Company, whose steamers carried passengers, produce, and mail on the waters of Puget Sound.

In 2003, the Virginia V Foundation applied for a Save America's Treasures grant to finalize the restoration of the boat by replaing rotted planks and portions of ribs and frames inside the hull. This will allow the boat to resume making educational cruises and generate income to maintain itself. Recommended Action: The foundation needs to continue working with other NHL ship owners in preparing documentation for the Washington Commissioner of Public Lands in identifying moorage needs. They also need to continue seeking technical support from the NPS and seek potential funding sources for much needed repairs. They should also work towards forming a support group of volunteers to help keep the vessel in an acceptable level of maintenance.

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