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Deck Crew

Staff

Heron Scott, Executive Director

Heron has spent his career in the Maritime Heritage field. Born and raised  in Southeast Alaska, he grew up commercial fishing in the salmon industry, and after attending the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding, he moved to St. Michaels, Maryland to become an apprentice shipwright at at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.  There he restored Skipjacks, taught classes, and managed volunteers. He  went on to serve as the Lead Boatwright at the Center for Wooden Boats in Seattle, Washington where he managed a volunteer program in the boatshop, served as the capital projects manager, and filled in as the executive director for CWB for a short stint. Most recently has worked for the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation and the Challenge Program in Delaware as a program manager. He also serves on the board of directors for Coastal Heritage Alliance. He can be reached at heron@virginiav.org.

Kim DuBois, General Manager
Kim DuBois brings a strong background of work with marine businesses to The Steamship Virginia V. For over 15 years, she has administered marketing and development for yacht repair, boat and charter offices around Lake Union. After graduating from college, Kim worked for 7 years in Washington, D.C. A member of the Corinthian Yacht Club and in charge of the Lake Union Duck Dodge sailboat race committee, Kim is active in the Puget Sound sailing community. She met her husband Matthew in Vancouver BC. They enjoy sailing in both the Gulf and San Juan Islands. They make their home in a houseboat that is moored on Lake Union. Kim can be reached at kim@virginiav.org.

Captain Dale Pederson, Senior Captain
Dale Pederson has had a lifetime interest in The Steamship Virginia V. One of Dale’s first memories, when he was just five-years-old, was of a Sunday picnic aboard the ship. The captain at the time made quite an impression on Dale with his crisply pleated pants, highly polished shoes, white shirt and epaulets. The memory was so favorable, that when offered a chance to volunteer on the ship over 30 years later, Dale accepted. Volunteering on the ship led to an appointment as First Officer in 1989, followed by promotions to Captain in 1994 and to Senior Captain in 2001. Dale brings broad knowledge of boat maintenance to The Steamship Virginia V. Prior to work with the ship, Dale owned a boat repair company for 20 years. A first generation American of Norwegian heritage, Dale’s marine roots also run deep. His grandfather was a ship’s carpenter in Norway. His mother was an accomplished pianist with a chamber music orchestra that performed aboard the Blackball Steamship on runs between Seattle and Alaska. Licensed as a Captain since the early 80s, Dale conducts on-going safety training for crew (man overboard, abandon ship and fire drills) in compliance with US Coast Guard regulation. A wedding officiate on board ship, Dale also serves as an assisting minister at the Evangelical Lutheran Church and has minister credentials through the Church of Universal Life. Actively involved in marine activities in the Puget Sound, Dale has volunteered as a safety inspector for the Seattle Yacht Club and bar manager for the Corinthian Yacht Club. Dale makes his home in Seattle, WA. Dale can be reached at captaindale@virginiav.org.

Alan Graves, Senior Engineer
Alan Graves is the Senior Engineer aboard The Steamship Virginia V where he is responsible for an engineering crew of 16 and the operation and maintenance of the vessel’s historic 1898 Heffernan Iron Works triple expansion steam plant. Since coming to Foundation in 1991, Alan oversaw the replacement of the vessel’s boiler and overhaul of the engine room and auxiliary equipment during its $6.5 million capital campaign and restoration. Currently working for the University of Washington, Alan spent the majority of his career in the maritime trades with American President Lines and Lykes Brothers Steamship Company, which operated United States Lines, States Steamship Company, Sea-Land Service and Prudential Grace Lines. Alan is a graduate of the US Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY and holds a US Coast Guard License to Merchant Marine Officer with a Chief Engineer of Steam, Motor or Gas Turbine Vessels of any horsepower endorsements. He is also licensed with the City of Seattle as a Engineer, Steam Grade 1, and holds a US Environmental Protection Agency CFC and Universal Technician certificate. Alan and his Marjorie live in Seattle’s Phinney Ridge neighborhood.

 

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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.