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M/V Lotus, 104-year-old yacht, visits Poulsbo

By MEGAN STEPHENSON
North Kitsap Herald Staff Writer, Reporter
May 14, 2013 · Updated 11:38 AM
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The M/V Lotus, built in 1909, will offer tours and stays this month while docked at the Port of Poulsbo / Courtesy photo

POULSBO —M/V Lotus, one of the few yachts on the National Register of Historic Places, is visiting the Port of Poulsbo through May 31.

The vessel arrived Wednesday.

The Lotus was built in 1909 for Seattle lawyer Maurice McMicken (1860-1940), at one time a part-owner of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. According to the M/V Lotus Foundation, the Lotus was the largest power yacht on the West Coast at the time and was outfitted with the latest technology, such as electric lights and a diesel generator.

The Lotus is still decorated in Edwardian style. The yacht is available for dockside tours at no cost, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. during Viking Fest, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays through Sundsys through May 31. The Lotus is also available for afternoon teas, wedding and ladies' parties, and other events. Contact owner Christian Gruye at (360) 643-3302 or info@mvlotus.org, or go to www.mvlotus.org. You can also make rental reservations at cedarwave.com.

The Lotus is docked at the end of E dock at the Port of Poulsbo through Viking Fest, and then moves to D dock through May 31.

"For the public to come down and be able to tour a historic vessel like this is cool," Port Manager Brad Miller said.

Gruye took over ownership of the Lotus from her parents. Her mother, Katherine, found the yacht at Lake Union in 1959, bought it and began restoring it.

Gruye founded the M/V Lotus Foundation as a nonprofit in 2004 to restore and preserve the 104-year-old yacht, and to educate the public "of her place in the history of the Pacific Northwest."

"There's a lot of boats out there, but there's just one Lotus. There's not another boat like it," Gruye said. "It's good for the soul [to see historic boats]. It's good for our children to see we care for our history."

Gruye said the Lotus remains dockside when visiting Puget Sound ports, and is handicapped accessible. And there are no ghosts, by the way — the Lotus is "a very mellow, happy boat."

"Old boats need a job, and this boat has a job," Gruye said. "She's just absolutely charming."


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