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Deck Crew


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

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

Joe Schmitt, Director of Engineering

After a 34-year career in the maritime industry, Joe was looking to begin the next chapter of his life. Shortly after his retirement in 2013, Joe was recruited to the VIRGINIA V in March of 2014 by Chief Engineer Alan Graves. Joe took an immediate liking to the vessel and the Foundation’s mission. Joe is a native of Long Island, New York. Having graduated with a B.S. degree from the United States Merchant Marine Academy in 1979, following the Marine Engineering curriculum with a minor in Marine Machinery Design, Joe received a commission in the United States Coast Guard. Serving 3 years of active duty, under the Maritime Academy Graduate Program (MARGRAD), he maintained his reserve commission and served in various USCG commands in California, Washington and Oregon.  He retired from the United States Coast Guard Reserve in 2003 as a Lieutenant Commander. While on active duty, he qualified as a hull and machinery inspector. His tours of duty as a reservist included Department Head of the Commercial Vessel Safety Section at Marine Safety Office San Francisco, Executive Officer of U.S. Coast Guard Station Bellingham – Anacortes, Ready for Operations Coordinator and Incident Command System (ICS) Trainer for Coast Guard District 13 while assigned to U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles, and as a Contingency Planner (post 9-11) at U.S. Coast Guard Group Portland. Upon departing from active duty, Joe was employed by American President Lines, Ltd. in Oakland, CA from 1982 through 1990 and then in Seattle, WA from 1990 through 1996. During his 15 years at APL, he held positions as an Assistant Staff Engineer, Staff Engineer, Assistant Port Engineer, Port Engineer and then Class Leader for the company’s four C-8 Class container vessels (Ex: LASH ships). In 1995, American President Lines sold their C-8 and C-9 Class container vessels to Matson Navigation Company. In January of 1996, Joe received an MBA from City University in Bellevue, WA. Shortly thereafter, he was offered a position as a Port Engineer with Matson to provide continuity for the engineering support of the C-8 Class vessels. In 2001, Joe became Senior Port Engineer for Drydockings and Special Projects for the company’s fleet of fourteen vessels, retiring in 2012. From early 2012 to mid-2013, Joe worked for Lindblad Expeditions as Director of Technical Operations. Lindblad operates five expedition passenger vessels under a co-brand agreement with National Geographic. Joe can be reached at

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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.