Historic motor yacht Olympus set to leave the PNW, and you’re invited to bid her farewell

Olympus at the Seattle waterfront on Elliott Bay.

The historic motor yacht Olympus is making her last trip out of the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks in Ballard and you’re invited to help send her off.

On Sunday, February 26, Olympus will take on fuel at Morrison’s Fuel Dock on Lake Union and classic boats and other interested vessels are welcome to rendezvous there at noon and travel with her to the locks in a farewell flotilla. 

Olympus will take her time heading westward towards Ballard and boating enthusiasts are encouraged to gather at the locks at 1:30 p.m. to give her a grand sendoff as she heads toward Puget Sound.

From Shilshole Bay, Olympus will turn north en route to Victoria where she’ll be put on a transport ship and sent back to her birth place, New York.

The 97-foot Olympus has graced the waters of the Pacific Northwest for 76 years with the stewardship of several caretakers. Under the loving ownership of Seattle Yacht Club member Diane Lander for over 20 years, Olympus has captivated many thousands of people at wooden boat gatherings throughout the Salish Sea. 

Built in 1929 by the New York Yacht, Launch & Engine Company for the president of the New York Stock Exchange, George Heck, she was originally named Junaluska and was brought to the West Coast in 1938.

For a comprehensive history of Olympus, visit www.yachtolympus.com.

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One Response to Historic motor yacht Olympus set to leave the PNW, and you’re invited to bid her farewell

  1. RIPTIDE February 22, 2017 at 10:53 am #

    The Classic Yacht Association > http://cya.wildapricot.org/ < will have several member boats in the area as well to bid OLYMPUS, a long-time member of the Association, farewell. Though sad to see her leave our coast, it should be a good day for watching classic boats on the Lake Washington Ship Canal and at the Locks!

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