Despite what was said when the Taku was sold, she headed straight for the beach at Alang.
This photo shows the sad end to a beloved Alaska ferry
|Ellis # 1837
Taken in the early 60's, the aerial shot of Winslow, Bainbridge Island
shows the ferry Tillikum at the Eagle Harbor dock. By this time,
plans were underway to greatly expand service on the run, as by now
the Illahee and Tillikum were already being outpaced by traffic.
At left, tied up at the state yard are the Chippewa, which looks to be
fired up and probably about to be pressed into extra service, the San
Mateo and Leschi. All three were extra service ferries at that point,
all of them finding regular work during the busy summer months.
Chippewa would either be sent to the San Juan Islands or work the
Winslow route. The San Mateo would provide extra capacity at
many of the central sound routes, spending time at Vashon Island, on
the Winslow run and crossing between Kingston and Edmonds. The
Leschi, a funky little boat with restrictions on where she could sail
due to her hull configuration, would work either at Vashon or most
often between Mukilteo and Columbia Beach.
All thee ferries would soon be retired. The Chippewa would be first
in 1964. The Leschi would follow in 1967 and the San Mateo in 1969.
“We’d like to put the first vessel into service by the summer season two years from now,” said Matthew von Ruden, director of vessels for Washington State Ferries, when asked about the time line to
electrify the Puyallup, Wenatchee, and Tacoma.
On paper, it makes sense. The Jumbo Mark II's account for an astonishing 26% of all diesel and fuel emissions for the entire fleet.
Happily, WSF and the DOT is consulting with Norway, the world leader in the development and application of electric technology in transportation.
Photo by the Author.
|Queen of Cumberland accident has continued fallout
An earlier accident on the Queen of Cumberland is creating additional problems.
Photo courtesy of Brandon Swan
$15K booking cancelled due to Galiano Island ferry service
disruption, says local business
Stop it, already
Please, people, pick up your stuff and don't leave your packages laying around. There's enough chaos at Colman Dock
right now with the construction going on.
Colman Dock ferry terminal reopens after evacuation for
|The Grand Staircase
They came of age in the late 1800's on the transatlantic liners--the grand staircase. Not only functional, they served the purpose of being
able to make an entrance, typified by several scenes in Titanic. That particular ship had probably the most well-known grand staircase, due
mostly to infamy rather than actual grandeur, as not only was it an exact copy of one that already existed on sister ship Olympic, there were
far more sweeping and elaborate both before and after the Titanic. (In turns of pure intricacy, few could outdo the French. It's doubtful
that few ships ever surpassed the staircase of the Normandie, which looked like a huge Art Deco Hollywood movie set.)
"Pocket Liners" of both coasts also had notable staircases. Nearly all Canadian Pacific's West Coast liners had beautiful main staircases, as
did many of the steamers plying the waters of the East Coast.
One of those ships eventually made its way to California was the S.S. Asbury Park, a crack steamer built in 1903, known for casting a
huge, swamping wake due to its speed while crossing between New Jersey and New York. She was sold to Monticello Steamship
Corporation of San Francisco in 1919, which converted the passenger steamer into a car ferry.
In 1925, the company renamed the ferry City of Sacramento. She was rebuilt in 1926, greatly changing her appearance.
The bow and stern were removed to facilitate end loading of automobiles. The main deck was widened to 67 feet, and a new wheelhouse
and bridge were built above the original one. The rebuilding of the ferry dropped passenger capacity to 2,027, down from 2,375, but still a
great number of passengers for vessel of her size. More importantly, her auto carrying capacity rose to 100 from 60, making her the
largest auto ferry on the east coast.
What didn't change was her beautifully carved grand staircase, seen at left. The only real change to the area was the addition of the painting
of the state capitol building at, appropriately enough, Sacramento.
The ferry made her way to Puget Sound in 1944 and was put to work on the Seattle-Bremerton route. Traffic was at an all-time high on the
route due to the war and work going on at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. The big ferry joined the Chippewa, Kalakala, Enetai, Willapa
and Malahat, making it the first and probably only time the route was served by six ferries.
While the ferry would continue sailing until 1976, the staircase did not survive. The City of Sacramento was taken to Yarrows yard in
British Columbia in 1951 and stripped down to the hull. She emerged in 1952 as the Kahloke, a practically new vessel that looked nothing
like the old City of Sacramento.
It is not known if any interior photos of the Kahloke exist.
** Standard disclaimer --may not be completely
current due to maintenance needs, etc.
Spring schedule runs from 1 April
2018 to 23 June 2018
ANACORTES - SAN JUAN
ANACORTES - SIDNEY
PORT TOWNSEND -
(2 boat service begins 13 May,
MUKILTEO - CLINTON
EDMONDS - KINGSTON
SEATTLE - WINSLOW
( AKA Bainbridge Island)
SEATTLE - BREMERTON
SOUTHWORTH -VASHON -
POINT DEFIANCE -
STANDBY- IN THE YARD
Nothing at this time, though the Klahowya will likely be
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