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Sunday, June 18, 2006

Kalakalamania; Virginia V Tours of Lake Union

The MHN Blog received a comment to a May 7 entry on the Kalakala that announced "Kalakalamania," a new website for fanatics of the 1935 art deco ferry now moored in Tacoma. "The ship has left Seattle," says the writer CKD, "but it´s not gone (yet) and it´s by far not forgotten." The not-for-profit site has photos, postcards, memories and much more.

The 1922 mosquito fleet steamer Viriginia V will offer several activities as part of the 30th annual Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival in Seattle over the 4th of July weekend. (See Maritime Heritage Network Calendar.) Free dockside tours of the national historic landmark will be held daily throughout the festival. On Saturday, July 1, the ship will head out at 1 p.m. for a one-hour scenic tour of the lake's houseboat communities. The vessel will host two cruises on Sunday, July 2, at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Tours are $10 for adults, $5 for kids with the under-5 set free. The annual boat festival is organized by the Center for Wooden Boats.

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