They Got That Right
After an unexpected breakdown, the Columbia returns to service.
Courtesy of Shawn Dake.
Columbia expected to return to service July 13
|Ellis # 1258
"Ferry Landing And Mount Rainier-Point Defiance
The scene doesn't look terribly different today at Point Defiance as
did when Ellis snapped this photo on what appears to be a fine, sunny
summer day, probably back in the 1930's. Mount Rainier is visible,
just barely, to the right of the three chimneys in the background on
At the ferry dock is the one of the Skanie Brothers ferries the plyed
the waters of southern Puget Sound--the M/V Defiance. The ferry
would have a long career on the Sound, shuttling cars between Gig
Harbor and Tacoma, Point Defiance and Tahlequah, and during
WWII between Port Orchard and the navy yard in Bremerton.
The ferry would be sold at the end of the war to Oscar Lee, who
placed the vessel on the (then) seasonal run between Port Townsend
and Keystone, replacing the smaller Fox Island--which had also been
built by the Skansie Brothers.
The Defiance would be converted to a fish processor, and spent her
last days in Juneau, Alaska.
The fourth Olympic Class ferry was accepted by WSF in late July. She will go into service this fall as a relief vessel for the other Olympic Class ferries, and spend summers on the Mukilteo run.
Photo Courtesy of WSDOT.
|IT's Official--The Bids are Open
B.C. Ferries is looking to replace five vessels, some that are younger than nearly half of WSF's fleet.
Built in 1976, the Queen of Cowichan is slated for replacement. Photo courtesy of Brandon Swan.
BC Ferries Issues EOI Request for Dual-Fuel Newbuild
Those Damn Crab Pots Again
Once again, crab pots are proving to be an issue for WSF, particularly on the Port Townsend-Keystone run.
Photo courtesy of Jody Moore.
Crab pots tangle with ferries
|DELUXE TWIN BED STATEROOM,
From the Chinook's promotional brochure: "Above is a deluxe twin bed stateroom. It is truly a luxury
hotel room afloat for your overnight trip to Victoria. Innerspring mattresses, private toilet, overbed
reading lamps, and modern decor assure a soothing sleep and comfortable travel in pleasant
From the moment of her debut in June, 1947, the Chinook was an immediate success, fully booked
for months and extremely profitable for Black Ball.
The route, which ran from Seattle with stops at Port Townsend and Port Angeles before sailing to
Victoria, was held onto by Black Ball after the state of Washington to over ferry operations in June,
As time went on, the Port Townsend stop was dropped, and the ferry sailed from Seattle to Port
Angeles to Victoria. Captain Peabody soon realized he could make the direct run to and from Port
Angeles several times a day and make more money, and the Seattle portion of the route was dropped.
By 1954, the new Black Ball Line, Ltd operating out of Horseshoe Bay and other routes in Canada
was proving to be very successful. The "new" Kahloke on the Horseshoe Bay-Nanaimo run was
proving to be very popular, but had no proper running mate. Captain Peabody withdrew the Chinook
from the Port Angeles run and had her rebuilt to run alongside the Kahloke.
The cabins remained on the Chinook well into the 1960's, finally being removed by B.C. Ferries in
** 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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