|It wasn't rust that took out the Burnaby...
Winding down her service career, the Burnaby left a little early (albeit temporarily) when she sprung
a leak, though this one was not due to rust.
Queen of Burnaby out of service again due to oil leak
|Ellis # 1488
Another slightly odd, but excellent photo postcard
from J Boyd Ellis shows the Vashon on an unusual
route for Washington State Ferries-- the
The Vashon spent most of her career for Washington
State Ferries working in the San Juans, though early
on she did work on Hood Canal and the
Mukilteo-Clinton route. It is possible she was
working as extra service when the photo was taken,
though she was not a regular on the route.
Ellis did get his locations wrong now and again, and
it has been established that he mislabeled the
ferries, so it's possible this isn't the
Kingston-Edmonds route at all. (Admittedly, I haven't
done a in-depth examination to verify if it is indeed
on the Edmonds-Kingston run or not.)
Either way, it's a wonderful shot of the Vashon, and a
fairly rare postcard.
|Elwha at Edmonds
2017 will see the Super Class reach their 50th birthdays. Along with the gold stripes
that should appear on their funnels, a discussion should be launched at the legislature
this session to ensure that their replacements are getting underway as soon as
Simply put, the vessels aren't aging gracefully. Issues continue to arise in both the
condition of their steel (see below) and the expensive, obsolete drive motors that the
engineering staff continually have to baby. They've been refurbished several times,
but the time is coming where aside from finding someone to be able to do the work,
the expense required to removed the drive motors, have them shipped across the
country by train and to have them repaired and shipped back is to the point now
where, aside from the actual physical need for the ferry, isn't justifiable for a fifty-year
old vessel. They Hyak in particular is going to be hard to allocate money for, given
her age and the fact that she never received a mid-life upgrade. Other than the need
for tonnage and hauling cars, dumping any significant amount of cash into the Hyak
doesn't make a lot of sense.
Meanwhile, while other vessels were out for inspection, the Elwha sat in on her old
stomping grounds on the Kingston-Edmonds run, captured here by Gloria Mairs.
While she did the best she could, the route anymore simply demands bigger boats at
|Scenes of things to come
The Kaleetan is bathed in the glow of the sun back in 2015.
In January, the ferry was pulled from service when unexpected corrosion was found
Photo courtesy of Brandon Swan.
Corrosion Fores Ferry Kaleetan Out of Service on Seattle-Bremerton Route
This could be one of the last photos of the
Fesno/Willapa's original passenger cabin, back
when she was a sister ship to the others in the Steel
Electric Class: Lake Tahoe, Mendocino, Redwood
Empire, Santa Rosa, and Stockton, later the Illahee,
Nisqually, Quinault, Enetai and Klickitat. Soon she
and the others would be towed to Puget Sound to
begin their very long careers.
Fresno, later Willapa, would have this part of the
cabin completely ripped out. The forward
observation room would be squared off, and at the
stern the square cabin was brought flush to the side
and back of the boat and would become the ladies
The cabin had to be redesigned to accommodate a
greater number of passengers, from around 600 to
around 1500 for the workers commuting to the
Puget Sound Naval shipyard, in Bremerton, ramping
up for the war effort.
The original graceful lines of the cabin were lost,
but the ferry proved a great success on the route,
staying on it her entire career.
Photo colorized by the author.
** Standard disclaimer --may not be completely current due to
maintenance needs, etc.
Fall Schedules runs from 7 January to 1 April
ANACORTES-SAN JUAN ISLANDS
Suspended until 1 April 2017
WSF MAINTENANCE, DRYDOCK & INSPECTION NEEDS
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