Surprising absolutely no one...

Privatize Alaska ferries? ‘Not feasible,’ Dunleavy
administration consultants say
The Columbia at Skagway back in 1985. Photo courtesy of Shawn J. Dake
Ellis # 261
"Sunset on Chuckanut"

The view remains much the same today from
Chucknut Drive, which remains one of the most
scenic drives in Skagit/Whatcom County.  Beautiful
at any time of year, it is particularly striking during
the fall months when the leaves change colors

Not exactly a wide road, and traveling up the side
of a mountain, it's not a road to take for someone
who doesn't care for heights.  There are some
wicked curves to the route, particularly the hairpin
corner at Oyster Creek.  Pay attention to those
caution signs and
slow down.

The road is also popular with bicyclists, so be sure
to keep an eye out and give them plenty of room.

The Amtrak Cascades train running to Vancouver
winds its way along Chuckanut as well, though at
the base of the mountain along the water, making
it one of the most scenic parts of the trip
Old ferries never die...
They get auctioned on eBay.
So is the case of the
Evergreen State, which, several years after the state sold it to interests in Florida, never left Puget Sound.  According to the King 5 the plans to use the state's first built
ferry fell through, leading to her auction on eBay.  Registered as the "world's largest yacht" the bidding started at $100,000.00.  Updates on her fate will appear here later.


The
Evergreen State filling in on the Kingston-Edmonds route in the final years of her service for WSF.  Photo courtesy of Matt Masuoka.

Now that looks cold...
Winter on northern ferries can be anything but toasty, particularly the weather we've had this winter.
BC Ferries vessel taken out of service after icy ride
Courtesy of CTV/Bobby Sherlock.

Who knows what he was thinking...
Another incident of "police action" on board a WSF vessel explained.

Man arrested after firing gun on Bremerton ferry

The Kaleetan arriving from Bremerton in 2019.  Photo courtesy of Matt Masuoka
Britannic, last of the White Star Line
Launched in 1929,  Britannic was the third ship of that name for the White Star Line.  The
first ship of that name had been built in 1874 and had a long and successful career lasting
nearly thirty years.  The second ship off the name was the
Britannic of 1914, third of the
Olympic Class ships, which sadly sank during WWI and never sailed across the Atlantic.

The third
Britannic, seen here in a slide from 1956, had the luck of the first ship, sailing until
1960.  The diesel-powered cabin class ship was tremendously popular her entire career,
with a reputation as a steady, comfortable ship.

Cunard had "merged" with White Star back in 1934, but it amounted to a take over of White
Star.  Almost at once, Cunard started disposing of White Star's ship, save for the
Britannic,
her near-sister
Georgic and the Laurentic.  Still, the company kept the Britannic in White
Star livery her entire career.

You can read about her history
here.

WINTER
** Standard disclaimer --may not be completely current due to
maintenance needs, etc.

Winter schedule runs from 4 January 2020 to 28 March
2020

ANACORTES - SAN JUAN
ISLANDS
 
SEALTH - SAMISH - YAKIMA/CHELAN
TILLIKUM (Inter-island)

ANACORTES - SIDNEY
Suspended until Spring Schedule.

PORT TOWNSEND -
KEYSTONE
SALISH/KENNEWICK


MUKILTEO - CLINTON
SUQUAMISH
TOKITAE

EDMONDS - KINGSTON
WALLA WALLA
SPOKANE

SEATTLE - WINSLOW
(AKA Bainbridge Island)
TACOMA
PUYALLUP

SEATTLE - BREMERTON
KALEETAN
KITSAP

SOUTHWORTH -VASHON -
FAUNTLEROY
ISSAQUAH
CATHLAMET
KITTITAS

POINT DEFIANCE -
TAHLEQUAH
CHETZEMOKA

IN THE YARD

WENATCHEE
YAKIMA
KENNEWICK
?
ELWHA

RETIRED
KLAHOWYA
HYAK

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