NEW ALASKA FERRY
The day boat is now undergoing sea trials.
Courtesy of Vigor.
First Lady of Alaska Christens Brand New M/V Tazlina
|Ellis # 1010
"Seattle-Wash Chas. R. Laidlaw Aerophoto, pub
Every one of the ships in this photo have been grafted in,
proving that "Photoshopping" a photo is nothing new, and
manipulating photography has been going on since its
The Kalakala Founadation archives had a copy of the solo shot
of the Kalakala and it's wake (probably now lost). The other
ships on closer inspection, have drawn in wakes or are out of
proportion for their surroundings. The vessel on the far left,
which might be a Canadian Pacific steamer, is oddly squashed
out of shape.
The waterfront is all real, and it shows the old Colman Dock
with the clock tower that dates it to pre-1935. Shortly after
the Kalakala (1935) went into service, the dock was
demolished and the new Art Deco building to match the
streamlined ferry was built. That terminal was demolished in
WSF is currently building a new terminal in Seattle, and
replacing the last of the 1936 timber supports.
|$20 MILLION AND COUNTING
The steel replacement for the Elwha is skyrocketing in cost. Just how much more money will be wasted being dumped into 51 year old vessels with only about eight more years of service life left in them?
It's time for the legislature to step up to the plate and authorize the building of replacement vessels for the Supers, starting with a new SOLAS boat for the Sidney run. As it stands, by the time it is finished,
the Elwha repairs could potentially total to a quarter or more of the cost of new vessel.
|IT can Happen to Anyone, even if you do have new boats
A lovely shot of one of the Coastal Class ferries at twilight. Photo courtesy of Paul Van Buekenhout.
BC Ferries has cancelled a number of sailings today
AND DOWN GOES #3
In an eerie repeat of the Steel Electric situation (which surprise, started happening when they were about 50 years old) the
third of the quartet of Super Ferries went down in late August, canceling the international run between Anacortes and
Sidney. (The Yakima and and Elwha were already out for emergency repairs.) Aside from losing revenue from WSF, untold
thousands were lost from tourist traffic to and from Sidney to the San Juan Islands and Anacortes and Skagit County.
Probably not for the first time, three of the four Super Class ferries were out of service at the same time.
Photo courtesy of Jody Moore.
Emergency repairs on Hyak
|Lower Passenger Cabin, MV
Everything you see here was torn out down to the steel beams
under the floor. This including several inches of concrete used as
a leveler. The steel underneath proved to be so degraded that the
entire floor had to be replaced.
When the Elwha returns to service, either late November or late
December (the jury is still out as when exactly she will return to
service at this point) she will have all new tile, probably uniform in
The sad state of it is, even with all the new steel throughout the
cabins, the vessel will be operating on drive motors that are
actually several years older than the boat itself. Mechanically,
she'll be just as aged and in danger of breaking down as she ever
Again, it's a testament to the skill of the engineers and staff at
WSF who keep these antique ferries running and in the best
possible condition they can given the losing odds they are fighting
Author's photo, taken in 2005.
** 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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