Sold! For $425,000.00

Only one bid was received for the veteran vessel before bidding came to a close.

BC Ferries vessel auction draws single bid
Author's collection.
Ellis # 1008
"Waterfront-Seattle
-Wash"




Ellis' Seattle shots are always interesting. Evident in
this shot are the Pacific Steamship Line's--"The
Admiral Line" docks.  Next door to it, are the
Luckenbach Line's dock.

Backing away from the pier next door is the
Princess
Charlotte
, the Canadian Pacific steamer, working the
triangle route.  The
Princess Charlotte was not the
regular on the triangle route, but she did fill in from
time to time when one of the other vessels normally
assigned to the route was in for maintenance or an
overhaul.

Ellis took some outstanding photos of Seattle and the
waterfront, often capturing some hard to find
vessels, including the
Quilcene and the Rosario,
making them highly sought after by collectors.
Earning her Stripes
Back in the 1970's, Washington State Ferries started a new tradition: the ferries that have
reached their golden anniversary have a gold stripes painted on their smokestacks.  

So far, the ferries that have earned them while at work for the state are the
Klickitat, Illahee,
Nisqually, Quinault, Vashon, Evergreen State, Klahowya
 and Tillikum.  Last month, the Hyak
joined the Gold Band Club.

Seems hard to believe that 1967 was fifty years ago.  Somehow, the ferries that the state
added to the fleet starting in the fifties seem almost timeless--perhaps because they've
seemingly
always been there.

The truth of the matter is, ferries aren't wine: they do not get better with age.  The Super
Class, in fact, are having increasing issues with time.  

The ferry system and state seems to be aware of the situation, given some recent reports in
the news.  With any luck, the legislature will wake up to the fact that it would better to continue
the building program at Vigor while it is still working on the final two Olympic Class ferries
and order three more.

The sixty year retirement age simply may not be practical for the Supers, particularly the
Hyak, which had no mid-life renovation done.

Photo courtesy of Zack Heistand.
Study this, study that...

When you can't come up with an answer, commission a study.

SE Conference gears up for Phase 2 of ferry reform study
Not hard which to guess which ones they are
talking about.

The Hyak back in 2015 working the Kingston-Edmonds run.  



11 percent of Washington State owned ferries are considered "past due" for
replacement.
The Floating Time Capsule
At left, the Hyak's maiden voyage.  At right, the exact same some, nearly fifty years later.

Since the
Hyak had her mid-life renewal eliminated back in the 90's, she remains an oddity in the fleet.  Not having a passenger cabin refurbished, she looks nearly exactly the
same as she did the day she went into service.  This is not to say she has never had any work done--she has.  It has just been done in nearly exactly the same color colors as
what appeared on the boat when she arrived from San Diego.

To take a trip on the
Hyak today is to take a trip back in time.  The same colors fill the cabin, the same uncomfortable chairs line the decks.  The only real differences--the hair
styles, and the vending machines.
Winter
** Standard disclaimer --may not be completely current due to
maintenance needs, etc.
Fall Schedules runs from 7 January to 1 April
2017.


ANACORTES-SAN JUAN ISLANDS  
KITSAP-SAMISH-YAKIMA

SALISH (Inter-island)


ANACORTES- SIDNEY
Suspended until 1 April 2017

PORT TOWNSEND-KEYSTONE
KENNEWICK

MUKILTEO-CLINTON
TOKITAE
KITTITAS

EDMONDS-KINGSTON
PUYALLUP
SPOKANE

SEATTLE-WINSLOW
(Bainbridge Island)
TACOMA
WENATCHEE

SEATTLE-BREMERTON
KALEETAN
HYAK

SOUTHWORTH-VASHON-
FAUNTLEROY
CATHLAMET
ISSAQUAH
SEALTH

POINT DEFIANCE-TAHLEQUAH
CHETZEMOKA


STANDBY
KLAHOWYA
TILLIKUM

FOR SALE
EVERGREEN STATE
HIYU

WSF MAINTENANCE, DRYDOCK & INSPECTION NEEDS
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