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  • Our New website will launch soon - thanks for putting up with bizarre layouts and lack of photos - stay tuned.
  • Christian and Lynn will present a talk and slide show to the Northwest Women in Boating - on March 16 - at their regular meeting.

    "A Cruise back into Seattle History aboard The MV LOTUS"     









LOTUS 1909


Cruising Houseboat


~ THEN ~

Launched during the Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition.

The largest power yacht on the West Coast.

Certainly the most comfortable.

Designed along the lines of a craftsman house with:

     ● five staterooms

     ● two full baths

     ● open  tiled fireplace

     ● bronze lotus flower lighting sconces

     ● curved staircase

     ● inlaid hardwood floors

     ● 20 double hung windows

     ● a clearstory atrium in the saloon.



An Arts and Crafts Treasure

A Pacific Northwest Maritime Experience

     ● Dockside Tours - Walk Through History

    ● Spend a night aboard in 1909

    ● Weddings 

     ● History 

     ● Events 



Lotus spends most of the year in active display at her home port of Seattle. She is in service as a living-history maritime experience at  The Historic Ships Wharf  in front of the MOHAI.

Come down to the Center for Wooden Boats at the south end of Lake Union, and walk down the large concrete wharf  between the MOHAI and CWB. You can not miss Lotus -  she is bow in with yellow pennants flying.

Dockside Charter

Tours &  Floating Lodge

Lotus has been a familiar sight on the Lakes of Seattle, Puget Sound and North to Glacier Bay in Southeast Alaska for more than 100 years. She can be seen cruising throughout the Salish Sea to Wooden Boat Festivals and special invitations.  And, YOU can be a part of it!


Lotus spends most of the year open to the public and available for dockside celebrations, exquisite night sky adventures, or a serene evening on the boat deck at the Historic Ships Wharf in front of the Center for Wooden Boats and MOHAI on Lake Unionin Seattle.

Today, she retains the charm and original furnishings of that lovely, adventurous era. Come share in the adventure. Come live the adventure!!

MV Lotus Foundation

The Second Hundred Years...


The M/V Lotus Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Our mission is to restore and preserve the 1909 Motor Vessel LOTUS. And in the doing, to provide a gathering place where Pacific Northwest maritime history, local legends and the tradition of traveling, living and playing on the water are experienced, enjoyed, and passed along to future generations.




   Donations & Information



          COME SEE!

          Dockside Tours

                  11- 4 pm

          Thursday - Sunday

          Historic Ships Wharf at

Center for Wooden Boats / MOHAI

        Lake Union Park, Seattle




Come Stay Aboard!

M/V LOTUS  - 1909

Edwardian Floating Lodge

                                                                                                          Dockside Charter

Maritime Heritage Experience



     5 Staterooms 2 full baths

    Private ensuite or European style accomodation or full dockside charter


Make Lotus your yacht for the night! Experience an Evening in the elegant simplicity of the Craftsman/Edwardian era. Book your stateroom and step back into that quiet, gentle time. Delve into our historic photo books and consider returning to participate in our "Tea and Bee" historic costuming group, join our Friends of the Lotus volunteers, and with little provocation your on board Steward will regale you with  Lotus History and in depth stories of the provenance of everything aboard - it is nearly all original - so there are hours of stories available! Step outside to the boat deck and enjoy the, wrap up in a warm wooly throw  and tuck into the pilot berth in the lee behind the Wheel House. Enjoy the city lights and sip a glass of wine or a cup of hot chocolate.

Then sleep deeply and wake to the magic of early morning light on water reflected in the glossy ceiling. This is the life!

So much to do in the day at Lake Union Park, the MOHAI and Center for Wooden Boats!!  Time to get up and out to be part of the vibrant life of the lake all around and a lovely Morning Coffee and Tea Service!





Make Lotus Your Yacht For The Day!







Every Second Saturday

10 to 11 am 

Welcome to stay longer!

Work party til 4pm.

MV Lotus Foundation ~on FB ~




Show your support to businesses that have shown support for Lotus! Be sure to say thanks from Lotus when you stop into their shops.

Thanks to Dunn Lumber Wallingford for help with our deck paint - We love the Gaco products !





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