Charter the Virginia V

Take a step back in time…


Built in 1922 and beautifully restored, the steamer Virginia V is an authentic wooden-hulled ship with a fully-operational 100 year-old steam engine. Originally part of the “Mosquito Fleet” servicing Seattle and Tacoma, the Virginia V has served the communities of Washington State as a charter vessel for hire since the 1940’s. Since then, she has been utilized as a venue for office parties, holiday parties, birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, and other celebrations. The Virginia V is the rare artifact from our shared maritime past that has been kept alive and functional over her 90 years of existence. She is truly a treasure of the Puget Sound.

The Virginia V is available for charter on Lake Washington and Puget Sound. She is also available as a dockside venue at our the permanent home at Seattle’s Lake Union Park. Check out our facebook page for more photos of the ship and events: Virginia V Facebook Page.

More details on chartering the vessel can be found here: Charter Information 2015.

Vessel Details

  • Capacity: 150 standing passengers, 100 seated in the main salon
  • Propulsion: 400 horsepower 1904 steam engine
  • Hull: wood

Charter Rates

Members of the Steamer Virginia V Foundation receive a discount on all rates

  • Standard Charter: (2 1/2 hours underway) $5,000 non-member or $4,500 Foundation member

Note: Off-season and/or mid week discounts are available for clients

  • Additional Hourly Transit & Deadhead Rate: $1,000 per hour
  • Dockside rental: $350 to $550/hour depending on membership, number of guests, season, and day of the week
  • Miscellaneous Fees: $500 refundable damage deposit


Please feel free to contact us with any questions or to arrange a tour!


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The mission of The Steamer Virginia V Foundation is to promote the Puget Sound's maritime heritage through the restoration,
preservation, operation, and interpretation of the National Historic Landmark vessel S.S. Virginia V.