|Rough time for the Black Ball Line...
With the border shut down, there's no sailing for the Coho, putting the company in a precarious state.
Will Coho ferry service be stalled for the rest of the year?
|Ellis # 93
"Mink Lake Near Sol Duc Hot Springs"
Located a short hike from the resort at the hot springs
(unless you take the loop hike from the opposite end
like I did,which is either 9 or 11 miles--I can't
remember which) Mink Lake is the home to a crayfish
species that is unique to Olympic National Park.
It's also a beautiful, if eerie spot.
A large alpine like, surrounded, depending on the
season, by wildflowers (such as bear grass, evident in
this postcard from Ellis) it is a very still, silent place.
The shore of the lake are surrounded by "chuck
holes" so watch your step. Also, depending the time
of year, the very still waters are a breeding ground for
mosquitoes so bring your bug repellent unless you're
good with giving up a quart or two of blood.
The entire time I was there, I felt like I was being
watched. Given the number of bears and other
wildlife in the area, it is quite possible I was.
Still, an interesting spot, worth the hike once the
Covid-19 restrictions are lifted.
We're about to cross the threshold to the summer months, normally the busiest time of year for Washington State Ferries. Given the "new normal" with covid-19, no one is quite sure what
that means. However, with counties moving into Phase 2 of the lock down, with more things opening and business slowly starting to resume, it stands to reason that ferry traffic is going to
increase as well.
While numbers are expected to be down, it would be utterly unrealistic to assume that keeping the winter schedule for summer would work--or be a smart decision. The reductions in
service would actually work against social distancing, forcing more people onto the boats to make a sailing due to the limited winter hours. Going to the normal summer schedule may be
too much, but moving to the spring schedule would probably be sufficient.
As for Sidney, it will be anyone's guess. An article in the Bellingham Herald indicates the majority of Canadians prefer keeping the border closed for the summer.
Photo of the Chelan and Samish at the Anacortes terminal courtesy of Brandon Moser.
1.5 a day...
Million that is. In losses. The quasi-private corporation is, not surprisingly, feeling the economic crunch of Covid-19.
BC Ferries bleeding cash
The Queen of Coquitlam back in 1992. Author's collection.
|The numbers keep creeping up...
Nowhere near normal numbers, but over Memorial Day weekend traffic was higher than it has been
Traffic congestion returns to Seattle area
The sad Olympic on Ketron Island. Photo courtesy of Nathaniel Burg. Has nothing to do with the story, but it is a
good, recent photo of the vessel.
|Georgic, last of the White Star Line
It is believe that steel for the White Star Line's giant 60K plus, 1000 liner Oceanic went into the
construction of the much more modest Georgic instead when work on the massive liner
stopped due to the company's continued financial problems.
Georgic, second liner of that name for the company, was a near sister to the earlier Britannic
(III), as there were some slight differences made to the younger ship--most noticeably the front
of ship was rounded where as the Britannic was squared off. Both were diesel ships and
designed as Cabin Class liners, even though their first class accommodations were every bit as
good as first class on the larger liners.
The sisters were immensely profitable and popular throughout the 1930's. Placed in service
during WWII, the Georgic was bombed and burned out while working as a troop transport. So
great was the need for her that she was towed out, rebuilt, and with only one funnel, returned to
She was never quite the same again, and while she returned to service after the war, it was an
immigrant ship or for bargain basement 3rd class trips in the summer only across the Atlantic.
She was finally scrapped in 1955.
Sister Britannic, who survived the war unscathed, was restored to her former glory and sailed
More of her history can be found here.
** The never-ending winter schedule, extended now until Summer 2020.
Winter schedule runs from 4 January 2020 to 20 June
ANACORTES - SAN JUAN
YAKIMA - KITSAP - CHELAN
ANACORTES - SIDNEY
Suspended until who knows when.
PORT TOWNSEND -
MUKILTEO - CLINTON
EDMONDS - KINGSTON
SEATTLE - WINSLOW
(AKA Bainbridge Island)
SEATTLE - BREMERTON
SOUTHWORTH -VASHON -
POINT DEFIANCE -
IN THE YARD
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