Seattle is home to some amazing pieces of maritime history. Christian Gruye and long-time NWWB member, Lynn Reister, will offer a program about M V Lotus. Built in 1909 on the Seattle Waterfront, prior to the building and opening of the Locks, Seattle has been her home ever since. Commissioned by Maurice McMicken, an attorney and part owner of the Seattle PI, she carried his family and friends as far north as Alaska. (Link to the boat’s history http://www.mvlotus.org/information.html).
Christian’s innovative Mother purchased her and initially used this unique vessel as a floating lodge on Lake Union for the World’s Fair. The Gruye family continued to own the vessel over the years and it has nearly always been in the loving hands of women. Christian is looking forward to sharing her memories from childhood onboard.
MV LOTUS, now recognized as a National Historical Place, is moored at the Historical Ships Dock on South Lake Union. Well into her next 100 Years the vessel is open to the public for tours 1-4, Thursdays thru Saturdays. Christian is working to strengthen the Steward and Docent programs and has creative plans to make people’s experiences (Weddings, Meetings, Women’s Weekends, Overnight Experiences) enhanced by crew in “Period Re-enactment” costuming.
Enjoy the tale of this floating treasure and learn of creative opportunities for becoming a part of the adventures she offers volunteers. (For more information: http://www.mvlotus.com/
Meeting Date: Monday, March 16, 2015
Time: 7:00pm – till 9:00 pm or so
Hors d oeuvres, snacks, wine, etc. are welcomed even at this meeting but not required. We enjoy socializing after the presentation.
Location: Northwest Marine Trade Association conference room, 1900 N. Northlake Way, #233.
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