Yeah, Good Luck With that
The state of Alaska is asking 1.5 million for the Taku, a 54-year-old vessel that hasn't seen service
since 2015. B.C. Ferries just sold a larger, newer ferry still in service for only $450K.
Up for sale, state ferry isn't a buyer's delight
|Ellis # 641
"Mt St Helens at
Mount St. Helens seems to have been a favorite
subject for Ellis, who took over a dozen photos of the
volcano from different vantage points over the
years. Little did Ellis--or anyone, for that
matter--know that the mountain would awaken from a
123 year slumber and erupt in a manner that would
change not only the face of the volcano but alter
Spirit Lake as well.
#641 captures the volcano from one of its best
vantage points, looking almost unreal rising above
the nearly still waters of Spirit Lake. This area is
now below the surface of the lake, which rose
between 197 ft (60 m) and 206 ft (63 m) after the May
18th, 1980 eruption.
While this view may only exist in photograph and
memory, the surface of the lake, covered with fallen
trees, will eventually clear, as the timber will
eventually saturate and slip below the surface of the
lake, forming an upright "ghost forest" at the bottom
of the lake.
|Preparing for her second
The Hiyu made her way to Vancouver in late March to begin the process of her
conversion to an entertainment platform.
The Hiyu was built in 1967 and work the Point Defiance-Tahlequah run for years
before shifting to work as the inter-island ferry in the San Juan Islands.
Starting out at a capacity of 40 cars, over the years due to the addition of
safety equipment and other changes to the vessel whittled her capacity down to
a paltry 34, making her not particularly useful to any run.
After spending many years in lay-up, the state finally put the little ferry up for
sale, finally selling her off earlier this year.
Hiyu's near sister, the former Ford Island ferry in Hawaii, is being readied for
her second career, that of an artificial reef.
Photo courtesy of Kevin Caslor.
|Meanwhile, in Canada
One of the largest ferries in service for B.C. Ferries is out for repairs.
Ferry delays expected between Tsawwassen and Swartz Bay
|Goodbye, Evergreen State
The mighty Evergreen State at Friday Harbor in the 1970's. The ferry was sold in March and towed out
of Eagle Harbor at the end of the month. She'll spend some time in Tacoma before being towed to
State's Oldest Ferry Sold
|Not Fancy, but functional
It is understandable why patrons of the Black Ball Line in
1938 were unhappy when the new arrivals from San
Francisco began replacing the old converted steamers.
The plushly appointed and fast old steam ferry Seattle ,
for example, could cruise close to 20 knots; her
replacement, the bare bones Kehloken, whose diesel
engine not only propelled her at a paltry 10 knots but
whose interior feature hard wooden benches and plain
wooden chairs without cushions was a far cry from what
people were used to from Black Ball.
From an economic standpoint, the ferries were much
cheaper to run, helping the company turn a tidy profit as,
one by one, the elegant (and in the case of the
Indianapolis, not so elegant) converted steamers sailed
off to the shipbreakers.
The one plus side to the death of the old steamers was
that their fittings often went into the newer vessels. More
comfortable chairs were added to the Wood Electrics, but
in the certain places their original interiors remained,
such as the Klahanie's galley seen here in the late 1940's.
Williamson photo/colorized by the author.
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