Not Portland Bound
It looks like the Taku won't be headed to Portland after all.
Bidder backs out of deal to turn Alaska ferry
into Portland hotel
|Ellis No. 6013
"Ferry Land at Orcas Island"
It's probably a mistake on Ellis' part--he likely meant "ferry
landing" as he put on the rest of his postcards--but the dock at
Orcas Island looks very much the same some sixty years later.
The vessel is likely the Klickitat, and the photo was taken
sometime between 1953, by which time all the Steel Electrics had
the large windows converted into portholes, and 1958, when the
wooden railings on the promenade deck were replaced with metal
The San Juan Islands were another favorite of Ellis, who took
dozens of photos of the ferries and of the islands themselves.
The cards are a wonderful record of how the villages and towns
on the islands looked, and how similar they still look today.
2017 will go down as a rough one for Washington State Ferries, capped by some highlights.
The Chimacum joined the fleet, and the last of the Olympic Class, the Suquamish finished up that year at over seventy percent complete.
On the low end of the scale, the summer of 2017 saw a rash of break downs and reduced service, the likes of which haven't been seen since the late 1970's.
2018 will bring continuing challenges--a lack of proper funding, four Super Class ferries that are becoming increasingly unreliable, and a "Gray Wave" of retirements that
result in continued loss of captains, mates and licensed deck crews.
Above, the Hyak from the air. Courtesy of Brandon Swan.
|The Weather Outside is Frightful...
November, traditionally a windy weather month, lived up to its reputation. Both WSF and B.C. Ferries
cancelled sailings as winds reached gusts of 60 knots.
Longing for those long, calm days of summer. Photo courtesy of Brandon Swan.
Rocky Weather Causes Ferry Cancellations and Localized Flooding
Can You Hear Me Now?
A prime example of first world problems, the lack of wifi on the state's newest ferry is irking some.
Photo courtesy of WSDOT.
Cell signal woes sour ferry debut.
|M/V Chinook, Bridal Suite
Post-war comfort is shown in all its glory on board the Chinook.
The vessel throughout used bright, almost garish colors (but not
out of step for post-war, late 1940's America) so the bridal suite
in its array of blue, rose an green seems fairly subdued.
The double bed was a vast improvement over the Chinook's
predecessor, the Iroquois, which, for reasons no maritime
historian has been able to figure out, outfitted its Bridal Suite
with twin beds. (Perhaps it had been outfitted by the Hayes
Not talked about much, but noticeable in nearly every interior
photograph of the Chinook is the collection of prints that seemed
to depict Northwest flora and nature scenes. Behind the bed,
for example, looks like a depiction of wild flowers, perhaps
The high polish and reflection on the wall at first blush makes
the room appear somewhat larger than it actually was--none of
the rooms on the Chinook were large. The vessel, at just over
300 feet in length still managed to have quite a number of
staterooms that could comfortably accommodate a total of about
The Chinook retained most of her state rooms even after she had
been removed from the "night run" from Seattle to Victoria and
became the main ferry on the Horseshoe Bay-Nanaimo run. It
wasn't until B.C. Ferries took the vessel over and the vessel was
remodeled in the mid to late 1960's that the last of the cabins
were removed and converted into passenger lounges.
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