An Unwelcome encounter
A bizarre and rather tragic collision between the Alaska Marine Highway vessel Tustumena took place last month.
Courtesy of Shawn Dake.
Alaska ferry struck by breaching whale, prompting federal
|Ellis # 1002
"World's First Streamlined Motor Ferry M.S.
Ellis took some of the earliest postcard shots of the Kalakala (easy to
identify by the lack of supports under the "flying bridge" which began
to sag almost at once and had to be braced) and it became a favorite
subject for the photographer.
This photo shows the Kalakala sailing in front of a Colman Dock that
hasn't been remodeled yet. The dock would soon undergo a complete
transformation into silver-painted Art Deco facade to match Black
Ball's new silver-painted streamlined ferry.
The clock in the clock tower would be removed and placed into
storage and forgotten about until many years later. Today, it sits
outside Colman Dock. (Or did. As the terminal building is in the
process of being demolished and rebuilt, the clock may have been put
in storage again until construction is over with.)
Seattle's skyline has changed much in the last 83 years, but the Smith
Tower still stands as a landmark, though dwarfed by much taller
skyscrapers these days.
|The Slow Boat to Friday Harbor
Once again, WSF finds itself faced with a long summer schedule with no back up boat. As a result, the Yakima, which has been ailing with a damaged propeller blade for months, has been running slow to
prevent further damage to the vessel until drydock space is available, often resulting in delays of well over an hour.
If all goes as planned, the Yakima will be replaced at the end of the month and taken in for repairs... assuming no other vessel breaks down. ~Photo Courtesy of Brandon Moser.
|It Never Happens at a Good Time
Breakdowns, repairs and unplanned maintenance never happen at a good time.
Before the Olympic wraps came off. Photo courtesy of Mike Bonkowski.
Ferry repairs will mean sailing waits to and from Vancouver
About Time, too
Yep, this is the exact same terminal at Mukilteo that is in use today. After many years of planning and stops and starts, the
new multi-modal terminal at Mukilteo is on target to open next year.
Photo courtesy of the Captain Raymond W Hughes collection.
$139M Mukilteo Multimodal Terminal Opens Next Year
|That's a lot of beer
The maiden voyage on the Kalakala on 3 July, 1935 was a festive event--and one well stocked, by
the look of this photo. Front and center is a gigantic cake, and the famed "horseshoe lunch counter"
is covered in bottles of Pabst Blue Ribbon.
It wasn't all smooth sailing for the Kalakala, which would become the most famous ferry on Puget
Sound. It became apparent at once that she had a teeth-shaking vibration, and the much advertised
17-18 knots would eventually settle into something more like 15.5.
Grumbling started at once, with many long time commuters on the Bremerton run lamenting the loss
of the plush steam ferry Seattle, which not only ran smoothly on her steam engines, but also traveled
closer to twenty knots.
The few complaints aside, the Kalakala settled into her new route, and became very popular for the
"Moonlight Cruises" on board, which started each evening at 8:30 leaving from Seattle and lasted until
12:30. Live music from Joe Bowen and the Flying Bird Orchestra was not only being broadcast by
speaker throughout the vessel, but also on radio for listeners all over Puget Sound.
From that start 83 years ago this month, the Kalakala would sail for thirty-two years, mostly on the
Seattle-Bremerton route, but also taking excursions to Victoria, British Columbia and in the summers
from 1955-59 on the Port Angeles-Victoria run.
After being returned to Puget Sound, and after many unsuccessful years to restore her, the ferry was
scrapped in 2015
Photo colorized by the author.
** Standard disclaimer --may not be completely
current due to maintenance needs, etc.
Summer schedule runs from 24
June - 29 September 2018
ANACORTES - SAN JUAN
ANACORTES - SIDNEY
PORT TOWNSEND -
MUKILTEO - CLINTON
EDMONDS - KINGSTON
SEATTLE - WINSLOW
( AKA Bainbridge Island)
SEATTLE - BREMERTON
SOUTHWORTH -VASHON -
POINT DEFIANCE -
STANDBY- IN THE YARD
KITSAP (In theory a back up, but not likely)
Nothing at this time, though the Klahowya will likely be
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