Now that's Hot!
A flaw in the air conditioning system is making the galley in the new class of ships dangerously hot,
heating up to as much as 51C--that's a 120 F for those of us south of the border.
Photo courtesy of Brandon Swan.
It’s so hot in the new BC Ferries’ kitchens, they
stopped making burgers and fries
|Ellis No. 1452
Ellis was a bit capricious with his numbering system,
as is the case with No. 1452. The same numbered
card also shows a scene of the Vashon docked at
The Defiance was purchased in the early 1950's to
replace the smaller Fox Island for Olympic Ferries
Inc. She would work the route for nearly twenty
years before being replaced by the larger San Diego.
The ferry, converted into a dogfish processor, was a
common sight on Puget Sound in the 1970's, finally
ending up in Alaska. She was listed as still being in
active service into the early 2000's, disappearing
from Coast Guard records in 2006.
Is she still afloat somewhere in Alaska? Or a sunken
hulk on a beach somewhere, like the Leschi? Email
me if you know!
|Summer at an End...Finally
It was a long, hectic (and often smoky, making for spectacular sunrises and sunsets) summer for WSF, one that ran long with the summer schedule not ending until September
Marred by mechanical breakdowns which were exacerbated by the premature retiring of the Klahowya, the San Juan Islands alone took a major hit to summer revenue. Down
sound, the scheduling issues at Vashon made for long lines and short tempers. (Hint: you can't continue to use the same schedule for one 75 car boat, one 88 car boat and one
124 car boat you did with two 124 car boats and one 90 car boat. Throw it out and start over.) At Bremerton, the Kaleetan ran at half-speed for most of summer just to keep it
Meetings were held, revealing each Super Class ferry has between $20-30 million dollars in maintenance and renewals needed. For fifty year old ferries, some of which
are simply not going to get another ten years squeezed out of them, the money would be better spent on new boats.
Photo courtesy of Brandon Moser.
|It all boils down to money and how to spend it...
And despite the head of the DOT's assertion, dumping a huge amount of money into the obsolete
Supers is not going to be cheaper than building a new boat over the long haul.
Rust out spot on the Elwha. Author's collection
Washington State Ferries grapple with funding issues
Coming to the Portland waterfront soon!
1960s Alaskan ferry sold to become floating
hotel in Portland
|Dining Room, M/V
The Puget Sound Navigation Company spared no
expense when building the new flagship ferry, the
M/V Chinook. Designed by William F Gibbs, who also
designed the beloved Atlantic liner America and the
much-lauded United States, the vessel was used for
the night service between Seattle and Victoria.
Decorated in the bright colors of the post-war era, the
blue and yellow color scheme for the dining room was
actually one of the more subdued use of colors on the
vessel, which included bright reds, blues, and greens
complimented by metallic golds and silvers.
Elegantly appointed with blue and white china, crystal
vases and fresh flowers, the circular dining room was
located at the stern of the ship and commanded a
nearly 360 degree view of Puget Sound as the ferry
sailed between Seattle, Port Townsend, Port Angeles
and Victoria. It could seat about one hundred
passengers at a time.
The Chinook sailed the route from 1947-1954.
Starting in 1955, with her bow shorn off to facilitate
loading cars, she moved to the Horseshoe
Bay-Nanaimo run, ending service between Port
Angeles and Victoria. The state stepped in for
summers only until Black Ball Transport established
year-round service starting in December, 1959.
** Standard disclaimer --may not be completely current due to
maintenance needs, etc.
Spring Schedules runs from 1 October to 6 January,
ANACORTES-SAN JUAN ISLANDS
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