Fast Ferries Axed?
The state's fast ferries are sailing less and less, and by fall they could be gone.

Courtesy of Guy de Gouville.

Fast ferry’s future sailings uncertain
Ellis # 1702
"Ferry Nisqually at Anacortes Landing"
Ellis #1702 is an example of economy at work.
    A lovely shot of the Steel Electric ferry
Nisqually at the old
Anacortes ferry dock, the image is sharp enough to read the name
boards (and see the many broken windows on the car deck, which
were a perpetual headache.)
    Ellis cropped the shot, so it was showing more of the ferry and
only the two fuel tanks at right, and then took a pen or knife and
carefully altered the name board clearly visible on the forward
wheelhouse that says "Nisqually."  Thus card # 9127 was born,
"Motor Ferry Klickitat."
    It's doubtful many noticed at the time, and it is only with the
benefit of scanning now that Ellis gives himself away--although a few
sharp-eyed tourists might have spotted that the "Klickitat"'s name on
the bow looks a lot like it ends in "lly."
RUST
11 million dollars of it, so far, according to the state, and it is keeping the Elwha out of service for the entire summer and into fall, and possibly longer.

The
continuing corrosion issues with the Super Class should be a wake-up call to the legislature to act now before it is too late.  Unlike the rust-out issues with the Steel Electrics a decade ago, WSF can't run
to Pierce County for a replacement boat.
NO Electric Ferries Here
Some frustrated folks are questioning why B.C. isn't leading the way on electric ferries, particularly since the batteries being
used are being made in Canada.


LNG may be cleaner, but it's still a fossil fuel.  Photo courtesy of Brandon Swan.


Why BC Ferries won't be going all-electric anytime soon

SLow Going in the San Juan Islands
The Yakima continues in service, having to run at half speed due to propeller damage that cannot drydocked for repairs
until end of July at the earliest.  

Photo courtesy of Brandon Swan.

Slow start for San Juan’s summer ferry service
Get Your Starbucks Here

Or not, at the Chinook arrived some twenty-four years before
Starbucks.

The
Chinook had every level of service, from the full service
dining room to the coffee bar, where passengers could grab a
cup of coffee and a snack in the brightly appointed room.

Located on  the boat deck just aft of the funnel, the coffee shop
proved to be very popular with passengers.

The view of the room is an interesting one, as the curtains are
not shielding a view of Puget Sound, as the shop was
amidships.  Rather, it seems to be blocking out a view of the
hallway, and the closed doors to the  state rooms on either side.

The
Chinook had many changes to the layout of the decks over
the years.  By the late 1960's, and under the name
Sechelt
Queen
all the passenger cabins had been removed, replaced by
standard passenger lounges as the ferry hadn't been making
overnight trips for well over a decade by that point.

SUMMER
** Standard disclaimer --may not be completely
current due to maintenance needs, etc.

Summer schedule runs from 24
June
- 29 September 2018


ANACORTES - SAN JUAN
ISLANDS
 
HYAK-
SAMISH
-YAKIMA/KALEETAN-CHELAN
KITTITAS/TILLIKUM (Inter-island)

ANACORTES - SIDNEY
CHELAN

PORT TOWNSEND -
KEYSTONE
KENNEWICK
S
ALISH
MUKILTEO - CLINTON
TOKITAE
KITTITAS
/CHIMICUM

EDMONDS - KINGSTON
PUYALLUP
SPOKANE
/WALLA WALLA

SEATTLE - WINSLOW
( AKA Bainbridge Island)
TACOMA
WENATCHEE

SEATTLE - BREMERTON
KALEETAN/HYAK
WALLA WALLA/CHIMACUM

SOUTHWORTH -VASHON -
FAUNTLEROY
CATHLAMET
ISSAQUAH
SEALTH

POINT DEFIANCE -
TAHLEQUAH
CHETZEMOKA
STANDBY- IN THE YARD
ELWHA
KITSAP
(In theory a back up, but not likely)



FOR SALE
Nothing at this time, though the Klahowya will likely be
listed soon
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