|In this new world, the rules can be
...and very from service to service.
Alaska clarifies new rules for ferry travel, no test required for
The Kennicott, courtesy of Brandon Swan.
|Ellis # 3160
"Streamlined Ferry Kalakala in
3 July 2020 marks the 85th anniversary of the maiden
voyage of the M/V Kalakala to Bremerton.
The streamlined Art Deco ferry became famous
almost at once, and people flocked to take a trip on
her or one of her "Moonlight Cruises" which offered
dancing and live music broadcast on radio from the
ferry for the price of a $1.00. (That's about $18.71 in
After retirement in 1967,the ferry spent the next thirty
years in Alaska before being returned to Seattle.
Sadly, funds never were found to restore the ferry,
and she was scrapped in 2015.
The streamliner seemed to be a favorite subject for
Ellis, as he made multiple cards of her--some of the
best and most interesting shots of the vessel. In this
shot, she's lacking in paint on her stern, which might
place this during WWII, when the aluminum paint that
gave her the famous sleek, silver look was hard to get
due to the war effort.
She remains the most famous ferry to ever sail Puget
Sound, and is still missed by many to this day.
|This isn't Winter Schedule...
It's time to start calling it what it is--Covid Schedule. Normal winter service does not reduce Vashon Island down to two boats, the Bremerton and Bainbridge routes to one boat, no
shoulder season at Port Townsend, and only four boats in the San Juan Islands June-September. WSF may be trying to say "essential travel only" but that isn't the reality on the water.
Traffic has increased to such an extent that the San Juan Island boats are daily running up to two hours behind. One has to wonder if they're actually saving any money with all the
overtime pay that is being shelled out.
Sailing alone, the Wenatchee arrives at Colman Dock. Courtesy of Matt Masuoka.
It happens to the best of us...
No matter how new or old, vessels that work this hard occasionally break down.
BC Ferries passengers stranded several hours overnight due to
vessel mechanical failure
The Coastal Renaissance. Courtesy of Brandon Swan
|Showing her age...
One of the two remaining Super Class vessels, the Kaleetan is looking old. Fortunately, the ferries
scheduled to replace both the Kaleetan and Yakima are still underway.
Here’s one thing COVID-19 hasn’t shut down: the
state’s move to greener ferries
Photo courtesy of Matt Masuoka.
|Dominion Monarch, the classiest hotel at the World's
Built in 1939, the QSMV Dominon Monarch (quadruple-screw motor vessel) was, at the
time, the largest and most luxurious ship for the Shaw, Savill & Albion Line .
She operated between Britain and New Zealand via Australia between 1938–40 and 1948–
62, serving in WWII as a troopship.
She was noted for several things, and set several records. She was the largest ship built
on the River Tyne since Swan Hunter had built the RMS Mauretania in 1906. While
primarily a cargo liner, she had h accommodations for 525 first-class passengers. Her
public rooms, some of which were air-conditioned included a cinema, games deck, a open
air swimming pool, children's dining room,and Jacobethan-style smoking room featuring a
working fireplace and mullioned windows. The ship remains the largest cargo liner with all
first-class passenger accommodation ever built.
Retired in 1961, she was picked up for use as a floating hotel for the Seattle World's Fair
after a deal to use the former French Liner Liberte fell through. The elegant ship provided
first class accommodation and service for those who stayed on her, but sadly fewer people
than expected book on the ship, and the venture lost money.
After the fair closed, she was taken to Japan for scrapping.
You can read a more detailed history here.
"Until further Notice"
ANACORTES - SAN JUAN
YAKIMA - SAMISH - CHELAN
ANACORTES - SIDNEY
Suspended until who knows when.
PORT TOWNSEND -
SALISH or KENNEWICK
MUKILTEO - CLINTON
EDMONDS - KINGSTON
SEATTLE - WINSLOW
(AKA Bainbridge Island)
SEATTLE - BREMERTON
SOUTHWORTH -VASHON -
POINT DEFIANCE -
IN THE YARD
Previous Day Room
|This photograph, taken from the now demolished Alaskan Way viaduct, shows the Dominion
Monarch on 7 July, 1962.