Hauling out a 125-foot, 93-year-old wooden steamship is another day at the office for the crew at Pacific Fishermen Shipyard in Seattle’s Dutch Harbor.
The SS Virginia V, which now provides excursions, private charters and visits to local maritime festivals in Puget Sound, was recently hauled out for routine maintenance and inspection.
Luckily, filmmaker David Hawxhurst was there to capture the scene and produce a slick look at the operation.
The Virginia V was built in 1922 for the West Pass Transportation Co. of Lisabeula, Vashon Island, Washington. She underwent a $6.5 million stem-to-stern restoration arranged by the non-profit Steamer Virginia V Foundation during a six-year period that ended in 2002.
The organization made a short documentary on “The First 90 Years” of the ship’s work life.