Submitted by Youth Marine Foundation.
It is 100 feet long, weighs 100 tons, and can accommodate nearly 100 seventh graders at a time. Meet the MV Doolin-Rogers, MV Doolin-Rogers, a training ship that will be a maritime education center for students in the Tacoma School District.
The Youth Marine Foundation is bringing the ship to Tacoma and inviting the community to welcome the boat to its new home on the Thea Foss Waterway on Sunday, October 9. The celebration runs from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Tacoma Youth Marine Center, 820 D Street East, Tacoma. The boat will arrive around 1 p.m., escorted by the Tacoma Fire Department, Tacoma Police and the Tacoma Yacht Club.
The vessel will be used for student marine education – all Tacoma School District Grade 7 students will have a learning opportunity aboard the 100ft vessel in 2023.
The MV Doolin-Rogers is a commercially licensed 100-ton aluminum vessel that was completely refurbished in 2015 under the supervision of Captain Charles Doolin, a Dallas-based philanthropist. The ship uses up-to-date maritime technology and systems and will accommodate 100 students, as well as a licensed captain and two deckhands. Tacoma High School’s first Marine Operations class aboard the ship begins Monday, October 10.
The ship’s arrival is the culmination of a year-long fundraising campaign, launched by the Youth Marine Foundation (YMF), to purchase the ship and bring it to the YMF campus on the Foss Waterway. The Ben B. Cheney Foundation made a substantial donation to lead the effort as a Platinum funding sponsor.
“This is an opportunity to celebrate this incredible new training vessel and to thank our supporters and volunteers who have made this dream a reality,” said Monique Valenzuela, Executive Director and CEO of the Youth Marine Foundation.