You may have learned of the 1909 wooden motor vessel Lotus the same way I did: thru a collection of articles on Three Sheets Northwest. Sadly, a couple of the articles dealt with the winter storm in February of 2012, when she was blown off of her mooring in Port Hadlock and came ashore.
Well, she's back. And in a completely random occurrence, Lotus was tied up at the dock here in Poulsbo this weekend, and was open for tours, so how could we not? We went aboard.
Lotus is amazing. She is almost completely in excellent original condition. She is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a prime exemplar of the Edwardian (or Craftsman) style as applied in the marine world. She is in the responsible care of Christian Gruye (who just happens to be Brion Toss' wife). Lotus has been in Christian's family off and on for years; Christian calls herself 'Head Steward', a title which any boat owner will understand. Under her stewardship, the few 'modernizations' that had been applied in her century of existence were corrected. Christian even sought out and re-acquired her original diesel-fired galley stove.
|Christian, next to the fireplace in the saloon|
(and your correspondent photo-bombed by the mirror)
|Upper deck, exterior lounging area|
|Flooring detail. Also note the name 'Lotus' picked|
out in brass tacks on the brass threshold plate.
|Owner's ensuite head. |
Yes, that is a claw foot tub.
|Galley, with original diesel-fired stove|