Steamer Virginia V is launched on March 9, 1922.

  • By Larry E. Johnson
  • Posted 2/28/2002
  • Essay 3713

On March 9, 1922, the steamer Virginia V is launched. Built by Matthew Anderson on the beach at Maplewood, in Pierce County, she is the last of a line of working steamers all bearing the name Virginia owned and operated by the West Pass Transportation Company.

Virginia V was and is still equipped with the 1898 triple expansion reciprocating steam engine built by Heffernan Iron Works of Seattle, an engine that was originally fitted into her predecessor, Virginia IV.

After a long life as a working vessel, in 1980 the steamer was purchased by the Steamer Virginia V Foundation, a non-profit corporation. The United States Secretary of the Interior designated Virginia V a National Historic Landmark on September 5, 1992.


Roland Carey, Isle of the Sea Breezers (Seattle: Alderbrook Publishing Company, 1976); Roland Carey, The Sound and the Mountain (Seattle: Alderbrook Publishing Company, 1970); Roland Carey, The Sound of the Steamers (Seattle: Alderbrook Publishing Company, 1965); M. S. Kline, Steamboat Virginia V (Bellevue: Documentary Book Publishing Corp., 1985).

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