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Historic schooner to offer programs for kids in Lake Union

February 10th, 2012 · No Comments

The Schooner Lavengro, built in 1926, is piece of floating history in Lake Union. Originally hailing from Mississippi, she is the last original “Biloxi schooner ‘White Winged Queen'” in existence, and still sails under a traditional gaff rigged sails. Now, Lavengro is in the caring hands of Kim Carver and Curtis Yu, who are developing a maritime and art program for kids aboard the schooner this spring. Carver and Yu are also hosting public sails (by donation only) every Sunday, leaving from the South Lake Union docks at The Center for Wooden Boats, where Lavengro is currently based.

Carver writes:

From May through October 2012, “Schooner Kids” is offering “What Boat is That?,” a fun interactive dockside class for children ages four through ten. Kids will get to learn a few seamanship skills aboard the antique schooner with Captain Kim, and complete a bookbinding and printmaking project belowdecks with Chief Mate Curtis. The book can later be used to record and identify the different kinds of boats they see on Lake Union and Puget Sound.

Captain Kim, teaching how to lower sails on Lavengro

Captain Kim Carver, a native Seattleite, is licensed by the Coast Guard and has crewed aboard fishing boats and private sailing yachts in Cape Cod, the British Virgin Islands and Mexico, as well as passenger ferries, whale watching boats, tugboats and tall ships in Puget Sound.  Chief Mate Curtis Yu grew up in Washington and graduated from Fairhaven, concentrating on a Multicultural Perspective on the Expressive Arts for Children. He attended and worked several years at the Four Winds*Westward Ho Camp on Orcas Island, and spent the last year teaching art at the Hui No’eau, a visual arts camp on Maui.
To learn more, or to contact Carver, email