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Both Days: September 28+29, 2019

CastOFF! Public Sail

A Seattle tradition for more than 25 years! Our volunteer skippers and crew take passengers out on Lake Union for unforgettable voyages. Sprit boats, steamboats, electric boats, schooners, ketches, yawls, and yachts: usually programmed on Sundays all year-round for free and brought to you both days of the 43rd Annual Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival!

Tours on Seattle Fireboat Duwamish

Vintage photo of the Seattle Fireboat Duwamish in action

The Seattle Fireboat Duwamish, built in 1909, is the second oldest fireboat in the United States.  A National Historic Landmark, and a City of Seattle Landmark, it is moored at the Historic Ships Wharf at South Lake Union.   Dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of Seattle’s firefighting history and the maritime industry, the Seattle Fireboat Duwamish is specifically interested in the education and development of future Mariners.

The Duwamish is a not-for-profit, 501c3

Learn more → fireboatduwamish.com

Tours on the Arthur Foss

Vintage photo of the Arthur Foss

Built in 1889 as the Wallowa to tow sailing ships across the Columbia Bar to Astoria and Portland, Oregon, it also towed ships and barges to Alaska during the Klondike Gold Rush and came to Puget Sound as a logging tugboat. As a Foss Launch & Tug Company tugboat, ArthurFoss gained distinction as the star of the 1933 MGM blockbuster hit, “Tugboat Annie.” Following an extensive rebuild and installation of a modern diesel engine in 1934, Arthur Foss became one of the most powerful tugboats on the West Coast, operating on both coastal and offshore runs. In 1941 it was the last vessel to escape Wake Island before the Japanese attack on the island. Now, Arthur Foss continues its career as a Washington flagship heritage vessel and museum ship. It is now the oldest floating vessel in the Pacific Northwest.

Learn more → nwseaport.org

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Tours on the MV Lotus


Built for a prominent Seattle Attorney and Businessman, the M/V Lotus has been a part of Seattle and Puget Sound waters for her entire life. Our ongoing Mission is to maintain the 1909 Motor Vessel Lotus and to provide a gathering place where Pacific Northwest Maritime History comes alive, our adventures are celebrated and the traditions and wisdom of living, working and playing on the water is experienced and passed along to future generations. We have participated in the CWB's annual Boat Festival for many years and look forward again to sharing our Lotus with the visiting public. Lotus is now in her 110th year!

VIRGINIA V Public Cruises


The S.S. VIRGINIA V sailed her maiden voyage on June 11, 1922, as part of the Puget Sound Mosquito Fleet. The Mosquito Fleet was the first regional ferry system, connecting coastal towns around South Puget Sound. Steamships transported people between growing port cities of Seattle and Tacoma and moved crops and livestock from farms on Vashon Island. The VIRGINIA V maintained the route between Seattle and Tacoma along the West Pass (also known as “Colvos Passage”) between Vashon Island and the Kitsap Peninsula from 1922 to 1938.

Today, the S.S. VIRGINIA V is the last operational example of a Puget Sound Mosquito Fleet steamer. Her all-wood construction and steam engine make her a National Historic Landmark vessel.

To view VIRGINIA V’s Festival cruise times and registration links visit the button below: