|Cough, cough, choke,choke, this is not a place to
It seems B.C. Ferries might be making the leap to a non-smoking environment, something that
Washington State Ferries did nearly a decade ago.
Ferries eyes smoking ban and car deck restrictions
Photo Courtesy of Brandon Swan.
|Ellis # 9127
"Motor Ferry Klickitat- Wash"
There are a lot of odd things about this Ellis
Either for the sake of economy, or perhaps inertia,
Ellis merely reused an image he had previously
published--in this instance card # 1702.
In the case of card # 1702, it is correctly labeled
"ferry Nisqually at Anacortes landing."
Ellis then took the same shot, scratched out the name
"Nisqually" (inset) and oddly labeled the card as you
see at left--without any indication of where the shot
Ellis took advantage of the fact that at this point in
time, the Steel Electrics largely were still basically
identical. However, he made a large mistake a
number of years later when he tried to pull the same
trick. Cards # 745 and 746. Ellis tried to pass the
Illahee off as the Nisqually--but forgot to scratch the
ferry's name off the bow. # 746 is labeled
"Nisqually" but quite clearly reads "Illahee" on the
front of the ferry.
January of 2017 will see the Klahowya withdrawn
from her duty as the inter-island vessel in the San
Juan Islands, to eventually be replaced by sister
The Klahowya will be spending the majority of her
time at Eagle Harbor, to serve as a back up vessel
until decommissioning, scheduled for sometime in
the early summer, once the Chimicum is in service.
The ferry, which officially turns 60 next year, will
then be retired and put up for sale.
Brandon Swan captured the Klahowya at work in
late December, Mount Baker as always providing a
spectacular photographic backdrop.
As of this writing, the Klahowya's sister, the
Evergreen State, has failed to draw any bidders,
and it is looking increasingly like she and the Hiyu,
which has also had no takers, will be sold for scrap.
|Far From Home
There's a new visitor to the Tacoma waterfront--one that may be sticking around for a while.
The Chenega has arrived at Vigor's yard in Tacoma, and according to the Tacoma News Tribune: "A
September memo from Alaska’s Department of Transportation to its fleet managers and supervisors
states the Chenega and another vessel will be “unmanned and without a foreseeable return to service
Ahoy there! Alaska fast vehicle ferry parked in Tacoma
After two attempts to auction the vessel off, no bidders have come forward for either the Hiyu or the
While WSF professes they would like to see the vessels put to further use, the practicality of the
matter is, the Hiyu is small and the Evergreen State in vessel terms is ancient. It is unlikely that
either vessel is going to find a second life, and both will probably be sold for scrap.
Photo courtesy of the Captain Raymond W Hughes collection.
Ferries don't sell, might return to auction block
The Kalakala is remembered to this day for being
the flagship of the PSN fleet, and being special for
her moonlight cruises and excursions on Puget
Sound. Given her spectacular return to Seattle
against the odds, that's perhaps to be expected.
Lost now to all but a few is the fact that just three
years before, PSN had dumped a considerable
amount of cash into refurbishing and completely
rebuilding the M/V Chippewa--branding her the
flagship of the fleet. Moreover, all those things
attributed to the Kalakala with a degree of font
nostalgia were actually inaugurated by the
Chippewa--including the "Moonlight Cruises", the
broadcasting of live music from the ferry on the
radio and the excursions to Victoria and other ports
up and down the Salish Sea.
In many ways, the Chippewa was the superior
vessel, boasting men's smoking room and women's
lounge and mahogany paneling throughout the
All that changed in 1935 with the flashy new upstart,
Kalakala. The company quite naturally focused all
its press on the streamlined wonder, and though she
would sail for another twenty-nine years, the
Chippewa took the back seat and faded into history.
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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