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Saturday, July 15, 2006

Welcome to M/V Lotus and Lotus Heritage Foundation

Maritime Heritage Network welcomed a new attraction and organization member yesterday from Port Townsend. The vessel is the M/V Lotus (pictured left), a houseboat cruiser built in 1909 for Maurice McMicken of Olympia, an attorney who was legal counsel for the Washington State legislature. The 102-ton vessel is 92 feet long with a beam of 18 feet and a draft of 5.5 feet. The interior and the main cabin features beautifully maintained woodwork. The personal writing desk holds original china and crystal with the Lotus insignia. The vessel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The cruiser is cared for by the M/V Lotus Heritage Foundation, whose volunteer staff are working on several educational projects that explore the natural and cultural history of the Pacific Northwest.


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