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Festive Cruise Planned Aboard Historic Virginia V

Join the Vashon-Maury Heritage Association when it takes to the water for "The Gatsby Cruise," an around-Vashon Island trip aboard the historic steamboat Virginia V on Sunday, August 21.

Think of that calm era nearly a century ago, a time between world wars and before economic collapse. Think of a time when clothing styles were freer and less confining—for both men and women. For the first time, women wore trousers and did not wear corsets. Think of Jay Gatsby and his exuberant parties. And think of a romantic afternoon with summer sunlight, gentle breezes, and a picnic lunch, then join us on board.

The cruise will begin and end at Vashon’s north end passenger ferry dock, adjacent to where the ferry from Fauntleroy docks, so visitors coming from Seattle can walk on board the ferry from Fauntleroy, then walk on board the Virginia V. Boarding will begin at 12:30 p.m., departure is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. with return approximately 5:30 p.m. Bring your own lunch (no alcohol allowed) and wear soft-soled shoes.

The Virginia V, the last boat Vashon Islander Nels Christensen (of Lisabuela) had built, was launched in 1922 and is the last surviving wooden-hulled member of the "Mosquito Fleet," so named because all the little steamboats reminded someone of a swarm of mosquitoes. The Five—Christensen’s boats were all named Virginia and he called them by their numbers—ran freight, mail, and passenger service, plying the waters from Vashon to Seattle and Tacoma for 16 years. Today she is owned by the Virginia V Foundation and is used for charters and excursions.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the VMIHA website or call Barbara Steen at 463-9355 or email Tickets are $60 for members and $75 for non-members. Proceeds support the Vashon Heritage Museum.