There are far worse things to be delayed by...
I don't think anyone minded the delay.
Photo courtesy of Matt Masuoka.
We brake for orcas:
Killer whales surround ferries during Monday commute, cause
|Ellis # 226
"Washington State Ferry 'KEHLOKEN'"
The card had to have been produced after 1951, given
that the photo is labeled as "Washington State Ferry
Kehloken" but the photo was obviously taken prior to the
state take over, as the Kehloken is still in Black Ball
Perhaps Ellis didn't think that many would notice given
the photo was in black and white, and probably tourists
wouldn't--but the white band added to the funnels on all
state-run ferries were very distinctive and showed up
quite readily even in black and white.
Even with the slight fudging of facts on the caption, it is
still an excellent shot of the Kehloken, which like her
near sisters, wasn't the subject of many postcards. The
Chetzemoka seems have ended up on the lion's share
of postcards, mostly from a distance, due in part to her
longevity on the Clinton-Mukilteo run.
Ferries that roamed a lot, or worked on the Vashon run
just didn't get photographed nearly as much.
|GUess who's back?
No, it's not Voldemort. Or the proverbial bad penny. Although to many, the Elwha is somewhere in between those two.
After months of emergency repairs, the Elwha was back in home waters on 13 November 2018, where final repairs and issues are being addressed before being returned to service.
If you get a chance to take a trip on her, be sure to admire the new floors in the lower passenger cabin. They are part of the $25 million dollars in emergency repairs on the 50 year old
Photo courtesy of Brandon Moser.
|Just when you think you've seen everything...
Foomp! A truck bursts into flames while loading onto the ferry. (Not this ferry. This is the Queen of Sidney back when it was
just the Sidney. It's such a good photo, I wanted to post it.)
Van bursts into flames boarding B.C. ferry to Tsawwassen
It's time! Comment on those sechedules
Time once again to submit your comments on the upcoming summer ferry schedules of the Alaska Marine Highway!
Comment now on summer 2019 ferry schedule
|Passenger Cabin, M/V
Given the relatively bland interior of the entire Olympic
Class, it was nice to see that the Suquamish came out of
the yard with a few flourishes that set her apart from the
Simple and inexpensive changes were made, including
putting patterns in the floor tile and adding the Suquamish
Tribe's logo on some of the table tops--something very
reminiscent of the vessels the Olympics are replacing, the
With any luck, this trend will continue with the next set of
Olympic, which will hopefully be authorized by the
legislature this upcoming session so we don't have to wait
another seven years for new boats to arrive-- particularly
when it is looking increasingly like getting ten more years
out of the Supers is going to be like wringing blood from a
slab of granite.
Thanks to Johan Iversen for the photo of the Suquamish.
** Standard disclaimer --may not be completely
current due to maintenance needs, etc.
Fall schedule runs from 30
September - 29 5 January 2019
ANACORTES - SAN JUAN
HYAK - SAMISH- CHELAN
ANACORTES - SIDNEY
CHELAN / ELWHA
PORT TOWNSEND -
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
Previous Day Room
I apologize for the delay in updating. I am working on a new ferryboat book, due out next year, and as a result, haven't had much
time to dedicate to the website. For the next several months, updates to the front page and the Day Room are going to be spotty at
best while I pull the book together and sort through the photographs to use for the upcoming Crossing Puget Sound: From Black
Ball Steamer to Washington State Ferries.
Thank you for your continued support and patience!