The Tazlina comes together...
Meanwhile, up in Alaska, the newest ferry to the fleet is coming together...
Photo courtesy of AMH.
Project Update: December 2017
|Ellis # 4209
As far as it is known, this is the only Ellis postcard
taken of any of the Canadian Pacific steamers that
sailed between Seattle, Port Angeles and Victoria.
It does seem a bit odd given Ellis' other ferry photos
that he missed out on the Canadian Pacific steamers,
which arrived and departed from Seattle nearly as
often as the ferries of the Black Ball Line. It is a
shame too, as this a fine photograph of the Princess
Like a lot of the postcards published by Ellis, this is
the second instance he used the number 4209. The
other 4209 is a shot of the business district of Port
Angles, and it shows what appears to be the steamer
Olympic at the dock. The Olympic ran day service
between Port Angeles and Victoria from the twenties
to the second World War.
So the September issue of Pacific Maritime Magazine reports.
After the River Queen restaurant closed in the mid-1990’s, the
former steam ferry was moved Goble, Oregon, along the Columbia
River. It didn’t take long for time to start taking a toll on the 1922
Like some kind of magnet, the Shasta soon attracted a small flotilla,
purchased by the owners and moored around the decaying ferry.
The owners, utilizing an aquatics lands lease obtained from the
Oregon Department of State Lands, continued adding vessels over
the years. By May of 2017 three of the smaller boats sank. The
Oregon Department of State Lands terminated the lease over owners
failure to comply with state environmental laws. The Coast Guard
was called in to remove hazardous materials and the sunken boats.
It is expected that the Shasta will be towed away from the site for
Meanwhile, the article notes that further north on the Fraser River in
British Columbia, the Shasta's sister, San Mateo, continues to decay
and fall to bits on that river. It is uncertain if any hazardous
materials are still on board the hulk of the San Mateo (there most
assuredly is asbestos in the engine room) but it seems that at the
moment there is a legal standstill on removing the San Mateo or the
derelict Queen of Sidney sitting right beside the remains of the
|Clearing the air
B.C. Ferries is finally going smoke-free.
BC Ferries Completely Bans Smoking At Terminals and Vessel Decks
rebuilding colman dock...
Perhaps not quite this bad yet. Above is the demolition of the old Colman Dock back in 1965. What is scary about this photo
is that the pilings supporting this dock, which was built back in the 1930's, are supporting the dock that is there today.
Washington State Ferries is piling driving right now, putting in new supports. Not only will these stand up in an earthquake,
they won't be leeching creosote into Puget Sound.
The construction is causing some changes to the schedule, as the limited space won't allow for two vessels to unload at the
Ferry schedule changes coming in January. amid Colman Dock
|Men's Smoking Room, M/V Rosario
It was a throwback to the Edwardian era of the great Atlantic liners, and for some
reason in the 1920's and the 1930's, Black Ball seemed intent on keeping the sexes
segregated in their own sections of the ferries. Not only did the Rosario have
lounges specifically assigned to men and women, the Kalakala, Enetai, Willapa and
Chippewa all had areas that were specifically assigned to men or woman.
On the Kalakala, it could be argued that this was slightly for practical reasons--the
Men's Tap Room was adjacent to the shower room that had been built specifically for
ship yard workers to clean up in, and by default the tap room was for their use as
For the other vessels, though, particular as one as small as the Rosario, the notion of
separate smoking areas seems impractical. On the Enetai and Willapa, which didn't
arrive on Puget Sound until the early 1940's, the idea of separate lounges was
By the time the state took over operations in 1951, the separate lounges had
vanished. The once dedicated lounges became part of the passenger cabin, open to
The one exception of the Kalakala, where the Ladies Lounge was directly outside
the women's bathroom and acted more as a waiting room for the four stalls available
to female passengers.
** Standard disclaimer --may not be completely
current due to maintenance needs, etc.
Winter schedule runs from 7
January 2018 to 31 March 2018
ELWHA - SAMISH - YAKIMA
Suspended until 1 April 2018
( AKA Bainbridge Island)
POINT DEFANCE -
STANDBY- IN THE YARD
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