|End of the Nanaimo?
A propeller issue and other mechanical concerns have sidelined the venerable Queen of Nanaimo, seen here in
better days and better livery. With the vessel scheduled to be retired soon, ferry fans are speculating that the vessel
may not come back into service, despite B.C. Ferries claims to the contrary.
In an interesting parallel, Washington State Ferries had to put their new ferry, the Chimacum into service early when
one of its older vessels broke down.
Salish Raven to go into service early on Southern Gulf Islands ferry
|Ellis # 1033
"Motor Ferry Chinook-Seattle-Port
Ellis didn't seem to have much love for the
old Iroquois, as to date, I've only seen one
photo of her that he took, and that was in last
month's Day Room.
The Chinook, on the other hand, Ellis seems
suitably impressed with, having taken a half
dozen or more shots of the "Night Ferry",
including a few dramatic shots from the air.
The (then) ultra-modern design of the
Chinook is evident in this lovely profile shot
of the ferry, and shows her very much to be
in the style of William Francis Gibbs, her
designer. Gibbs historians* seem to dismiss
the Chinook as "just a ferry" but Gibbs
himself was justifiably proud of the vessel,
dubbing her as "the Queen Elizabeth of the
*They seem all to dismissive of most of
Gibbs' other ships too, up to and including
the muched loved America, focusing all the
attention on the S.S. United States. In that
regard, the Chinook is in good company with
all of Gibbs' other beautifully designed
|Blame yourself, legislature
There was much hand-wringing and gnashing of teeth, not to
mention some very real and potentially devastating loss of tourist
revenue when the Yakima broke down in the San Juan Islands and
there was no vessel to replace it. The Kitsap, which should have
been the back-up vessel, was already out with an unforeseen
mechanical failure that resulted in the replacement of an engine.
While blame was being pointed at WSF, the entire situation could
have been avoided if the legislature had kept the perfectly
functional Klahowya in a ready state until fall schedule instead of
decommissioning her at start of the busy summer season. The
money spent keeping her at the ready would have been paid for if
she had been able to fill in for the ailing Kitsap.
The failure of the Yakima highlights again the increasingly fragile
Super Class ferries. As each year passes, they get more and more
unreliable, slower, and more corroded. The legislature needs to
built three more Olympics now, as it looks very unlikely that all the
Supers are going to make it to their 60th birthdays.
Photo courtesy of Matt Masuoka
|Make your voices heard, Alaskans...
The state is seeking comment on the proposed Winter Schedule.
Meanwhile, no news on any sale on the Taku...
ADOT&PF Seeks Public Review of 2017-18 Winter Ferry Schedule
It makes for spectacular backdrops for
...but it has given us horrible air quality, worse than Beijing. The wildfires in British Columbia, which, as of early
August have consumed millions of acres of forest and destroyed over 300 buildings, has made breathing difficult across
much of the Pacific Northwest. The "bright" spot if there is one, is the magnificent sunrises and sunsets for
Meanwhile, full service resumed in the San Juan Islands with the return of the Kitsap after the Yakima broke down
again this summer, shorting the run by a ferry. No ETA on when the Yakima will return.
Photo courtesy of Brandon Moser
San Juan Island ferries to return to normal schedule
on the M/V San
The crossing between San Diego and Coronado
wasn't terribly long, and as such, there was no need
for an extremely plush passenger cabin on the
ferries that plyed the waters between the two
ports. In the case of the Crown City, there wasn't a
passenger cabin at all.
The San Diego was at the end of her career when
this photo was taken, and one wonders exactly how
well she was being taken care of, given what looks
like to be a puddle of water at the right of the photo
that looks as if the roof was already leaking at that
The ferry would leave sunny San Diego for use on
the Port Townsend-Keystone run for a few years
before enduring a lay up in Canada, conversion to a
restaurant in Antioch, California, a fire, and
eventual abandonment. She was finally scrapped in
The Crown City as the Governor is still at work at
** Standard disclaimer --may not be completely current
due to maintenance needs, etc.
Summer Schedule runs from 25 June to 30
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