February 3rd Friday Speaker: Memories of M/V Lotus by Christian Gruye

For more than four decades, each month CWB has presented a speaker of wit and experience to talk about his or her special knowledge. It is also an opportunity for CWB members to meet one another and the staff. The program runs from 7pm to 9pm, with opportunities to ask questions. February’s 3rd Friday presentation will be held on February 16.

For nearly a decade the 92’ Edwardian-style M/V Lotus has been CWB’s closest on-the-water neighbor, making her homeport in the easternmost slip of the Historic Ships’ Wharf, just adjacent to our Livery pier. She’s been a welcome participant in CWB’s Contributing Vessel Program, offering delightful Sunday teas in good weather and dockside tours throughout the year.

And for almost 10 decades, Lotus has been a familiar sight on the waters from Seattle to Alaska’s Glacier Bay. Christian Gruye’s 3rd Friday presentation will cover the highlights of Lotus’s first century and a look forward to her second hundred years.

Lotus was commissioned in 1909 by Maurice McMicken, attorney, legal counsel to the Washington State Legislature and published of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. She came with the best of everything, including Tiffany electric lighting, leaded glass windows, a state-of-the-art intercom system and a gas distillate engine. She has retained her Edwardian elegance. Her interior has been remarkably preserved, with nearly all the original wood and fixtures from the main cabin forward. Lotus has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1987.

During the period around the 1962 World’s Fair in Seattle, Lotus was used as a floating lodge on Lake Union for Fair visitors. Subsequently she was operated as a private yacht by the Col. Curtis Gruye family, cruising back and forth to Alaska.

Today, Lotus belongs to a non-profit foundation dedicated to maintaining and sharing her history. Since returning to Lake Union, Lotus has participated in a variety of regional events throughout Puget Sound but she always comes back to Lake Union.

Don’t miss this opportunity to step back in time and explore the history of one of the most unique vessels on Lake Union.

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