It's always February or November...
Or so it seems.  Like many of the big storms in Puget Sound History, this one roared in on February 3rd, this
one managing to smash a window on the
Puyallup on the Kingston-Edmonds run.

Photo courtesy of Washington State Ferries

90 mph winds, pounding seas challenge state ferry fleet
during storm
Ellis # 1485
"Edmonds-Kingston Ferry"

A lovely shot of the Klickitat departing Kingston is the
subject of Ellis postcard # 1485.  It appears to be in the
late 1940's, given the number of broken windows on the
car deck.  Near the end of the Black Ball Line's run on
Puget Sound, the maintenance of the vessels started to
slip.  

Unusually on this card, Ellis took the time to try and
obliterate the
Klickitat's name.  He did this one at least
one other occasion to hide the fact that the
Nisqually is
the boat at the Anacortes dock and not the
Klickitat,
hitting the name on the bow but not the name board.

Later, Ellis would abandon any attempt at hiding the
Steel Electric's name, which is why there are cards of
the
Illahee with the name clearly visible identified as
both the
Nisqually and Quinault.  

Quite possibly there is a
Illahee-for-Klickitat card out
there as well, but so far I haven't seen one.
Issaquah, O Issaquah, where for art thou, Issaquah?
The short answer is, in the shop with ongoing propulsion woes.
According to the just-released long-range plan, the entire Issaquah Class is going to need to be replaced ten years ahead of schedule.  Why? Simply put, their dependability has kept them
in service through needed maintenance cycles, and their subbing for other needy ferries gobbling up maintenance funds (I'm talking about you, Super Class) has cut into the cycles they
needed to keep them in tip-top condition.  In short, the Issaquahs reliability has worked them into an early grave.

Photo courtesy of Matt Masuoka
Baby, It's cold outside...
An arctic cold snap has made for some interesting problems during the first week of February.
Photo courtesy of the Coast Mountain News.

Extreme weather covers BC Ferries’ Nimpkish in sheet of
ice as it sails

Limiting the use of the New ferries
No crew quarters means the new vessels won't be able to sail on as many routes as originally planned.

State chooses savings over flexibility for Alaska-class
ferries
Passenger Cabin,
C
hippewa, 1968

All this beautiful woodwork would be destroyed by fire in a
matter of days after this photo was taken.

The cabin of the
Chippewa was still in good condition when it
arrived in San Francisco in 1968, and her future looked bright
with Donald Clair at the helm to transform the vessel into a
maritime museum and an entertainment venue.

Unfortunately, after spending money reconditioning the hll and
bringing the veteran Puget Sound ferry to San Francisco, all
the work went up in smoke on the night of 24 June 1968.  The
fire was later ruled an arson.

Clair would not be deterred, and later purchased the
Enetai
and returned her to San Francisco under her original name,
Santa Rosa.  She now serves as the headquarters for
Hornblower Yachts.


Donald Clair/Author's collection.
WINTER
** Standard disclaimer --may not be completely current due to
maintenance needs, etc.

Winter schedule runs from 6 January - 30 March 2019

ANACORTES - SAN JUAN ISLANDS  
HYAK - SAMISH- YAKIMA
TILLIKUM (Inter-island)


ANACORTES - SIDNEY
Suspended until 31 March 2019

PORT TOWNSEND - KEYSTONE
KENNEWICK

MUKILTEO - CLINTON
KITTITAS
SUQUAMISH


EDMONDS - KINGSTON
PUYALLUP
SPOKANE

SEATTLE - WINSLOW
(AKA Bainbridge Island)
TACOMA
WENATCHEE


SEATTLE - BREMERTON
KALEETAN
CHIMACUM


SOUTHWORTH -VASHON -
FAUNTLEROY

CATHLAMET
C
HELAN
SEALTH

POINT DEFIANCE -
TAHLEQUAH

CHETZEMOKA

STANDBY- IN THE YARD
ELWHA
ISSAQUAH
S
ALISH
W
ALLA WALLA
T
OKITAE

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

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