Virginia V sails once again into Kitsap waters

by Tim Flanagan on May 23, 2009

Brynn Grimley has the story in the Kitsap Sun:

PORT ORCHARD —

The arrival off the S.S. Virginia V to Sinclair Inlet on Friday marked the boat’s first return to Kitsap waters in more than a decade.

As the last remaining wooden hull, resuscitator steam-powered ship of the famous Mosquito Fleet, medical the visit marked a homecoming of sorts for the 87-year-old boat.

The Virginia V is just one of the ships visiting this weekend for the first-ever Kitsap Harbor Festival, sponsored by the Port of Bremerton.

With a focus on familiarizing the community with the port’s two marinas — in Bremerton and Port Orchard — having the historic ship in port for the three-day weekend was a must.

“She’s sort of an icon around the Puget Sound,” said Steve Slaton, with the Port of Bremerton. “We wanted some of the icons of the waterfront to be there.”

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