|Coming to Port Hardy soon...
Having taken a lot of deserved flak for removing the Queen of Chilliwack from the route and replacing
it with the totally inadequate Nimpkish, B.C. Ferries has purchased the Aqua Spirit for use on the
route. The larger vessel is expected to go into service next year.
Photo courtesy of Shipspotting.com
New ferry purchased for 2018 Port Hardy - Bella Coola Route
|Ellis # 3862
Before bridges spanned Lake Washington, you took
a ferry. The Lincoln was the second auto ferry
placed on the lake, the Leschi being the first put into
service a year earlier.
Carrying about 45 cars, the ferry carried on until the
first bridge was built when she was retired. (See the
entry on the Lincoln in the Forgotten Fleet section.)
While the subject of several Ellis postcards, the
Lincoln has all but faded from memory--and her
history post-service is not documented well at all.
She was either scrapped, turned into a floating
cannery in Alaska (I've seen no evidence that she
actually made it to Alaska) or she ended up a floating
warehouse in West Seattle storing fishing nets until
she sank and was broken up on the spot.
Until concrete proof shows up, the final chapter on
the Lincoln has yet to be written.
|Not Bad for Nearly 60
The mighty Tillikum, nearing her 60th birthday, has earned a Fleet Reliability
Award for 2016, meaning she did not miss a day of service due to a mechanical
Several other vessels also won the award--the Hyak, Elwha, Kitsap, and
It's a testament to the skills and depth of knowledge by the Washington State
Ferries engineering staff that keep these boats running nearly 24 hours a day,
seven days a week, 365 days a year--particularly on the older vessels that have
hopelessly outdated and obsolete components utilized in their daily operation;
the Tillikum, for example, is running on drive motors that were taken from WWII
The task doesn't get any easier as the years roll on and the vessels continue to
get older, so congratulations to the crews who keep these vessels on the move.
Photo courtesy of Matt Masuoka.
|San Francisco remembers the Kalakala
Or the Peralta.
Submarine, spaceship or San Francisco ferry - an ill-fated craft from the past
Good news for WSF: the Chimacum has officially become part of the fleet, scheduled to join
the Bremerton route in the summer.
Tucked into the transportation bill for this year is an edict to evaluate the costs of Olympic #5, likely a
SOLAS vessel to replace the Elwha.
Photo of the Chimacum courtesy of Zack Heistand.
State accepts new ferry, which will work Bremerton route, from shipbuilder
|Suddenly, it's 1967
This is the Tokitae. And the Samish. And the Chimacum.
And, most probably, the Suquamish.
When it comes to the interiors of the new Olympic Class
ferries, they're earing a rating of B for Bland.
In truth, the interiors with their limited range of colors are
startling reminiscent of the Super Class when they
debuted in 1967--vessels that defined the word austere.
About the only thing that can be said the updated Super
Class interior on the Olympics is that the chairs are far
more comfortable than the Eames inspired horrors that
still populate the Elwha and Hyak.
With the colorful and well executed refurbishments on the
older vessels in the fleet (specifically thinking of the
Walla Walla, Kittitas and Cathlamet) it was disheartening
to see a brand new class of ferries emerge with such a
gloriously homogenized palette of shades of brown. With
winters as incredibly gloomy as this past one, a little
color is always welcome on the daily commute.
That said, where the interiors excel is in the collection of
artwork and historic photographs, something the state
always does a very good job on.
Photo of the Tokitae courtesy of Brandon Swan.
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