Support the Steamer Virginia V Foundation

"Fungus Fund"  challenge 2022: VIRGINIA V needs your help!

The ship is just about finished with  major restoration work at Pacific Fishermen Shipyard. The replacement of planks and frames affected by fungus-related rot is more extensive than anticipated and we need your help to bridge the gap between funds already raised and the anticipated cost of these repairs.

All hands on deck! 

While the Foundation has has received several significant Federal, County and private grants to fund this project, there will still be a gap of at least $400,000 between funds raised and the final cost of this project.   This is where you, the ship’s loyal supporters, come in.

We need all-hands on deck to raise $400,000 between now and the end of June.  Please consider a generous donation to help us ready VIRGINIA V for her second century and to avoid taking on an unrealistic amount of debt.

A generous donor has offered $50,000 in matching funds!  Each donation to the Fungus Fund of $250 and up between now and the end of June 2022 will be matched dollar for dollar, up to the $50,000 limit. 

Feel free to make your donation today via this website or you may mail a check to our mailing address: The Steamer Virginia V Foundation, PO Box 9566, Seattle WA 98109.  Please note that we no longer have an office at South Lake Union. Please do not send mail to either the old Fairview Ave. N. address or to any address on Terry Avenue.  Thank you for your help!

Every donation preserves, maintains, and operates Seattle's only National Historic Landmark vessel.

The Virginia V is the last of her kind. She has endured a long history ferrying people around Puget Sound for generations. She represents the region's hard-working past and this city's intimate connection to the sea. Read more about the ship's history and the investment needed to maintain her seaworthiness. As she continues to sail the waters of the Puget Sound, she demonstrates her value as a living, working maritime history museum.

The Foundation is primarily a volunteer-driven organization. That includes most of the crew and other staff you meet on board the ship. Their dedication and hard work serve more than 8,000 people who walk the decks of the Virginia V every year.

We know we need to do more. And we need your help to do it.

By making your gift today...

  • We can raise the funds needed for required maintenance and repairs every two years.
  • We can run internship and education programs that keep Seattle's maritime history alive.
  • The Virginia V is guaranteed to keep steaming forward for many years to come.

We have made donating easy. Just click on the red button at the right.

The Steamer Virginia V Foundation is a non-profit charitable organization under section 501(c)(3) of The Internal Revenue Code. EIN: 91-0989160.

Please be sure to access any matching dollars for your contribution through your employer.  Let us know if you need any documentation or assistance from us to do so.

More Ways to Give

Vehicle donations:
Support The Steamer Virginia V Foundation by donating your used vehicle. To get started with this simple process, please visit our donation page at


Planned giving:
We are committed for the long haul to keep the Virginia V sailing strong. Demonstrate your dedication to maritime history through planned giving, or donations of property and securitiesPlease contact us at or (206) 624-9119 with your questions.

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