mv lotus docked

Step aboard and step back in time.

At 92 feet, Lotus was the largest power yacht on the West Coast  in 1909. She was launched in Seattle during the Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition. Her owners fitted her out with Tiffany lighting, Rookwood tile, leaded glass windows and more than the usual comforts of home. Lotus retains the charm and original furnishings of that lovely, adventurous era.

Lotus has been a familiar sight in Puget Sound and on her way north to Glacier Bay, Alaska for nearly 100 years.

  • Listed on the National Register of Historic Places
  • Built to cruise the Inside Passage of the Pacific Northwest
  • Built for Maurice McMicken, attorney, legal counsel to the legislature of the State of Washington, publisher of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer Newspaper, sportsman and civic leader
  • Designed by Naval Architects Lee and Brinton, and built in the Sloan Yard in Seattle
  • Length 92 feet, Beam 18 feet, Draft 5.5 feet, 102 tons

The 1909 Historic Cruising Houseboat is managed by the non-profit MV Lotus Foundation as a lodging and event venue. There are free dockside tours most Sat and Sun 11 am to 4 pm as well as afternoon tea service on the second Sunday of the month.