Speaking of the Tustumena...
Amid the chaos going on right now, some good news.
Trusty Tusty set to return earlier than anticipated
Photo courtesy of Shawn J. Dake
|Ellis # 667
"Mt. St. Helens and Spirit Lake"
May always turns my mind back to events...yowsa.
Thirty-nine years ago. Wow. That doesn't seem
But yes, thirty-nine years ago, after reawakening
in March, Mount St. Helens shook off roughly 1300
feet of its summit on 18 May of 1980 in the largest
eruption the volcano had seen in over a century.
The summit collapsed in the largest landslide in
recorded history, slamming into Spirit Lake and
sloshing the water in the basin up the surrounding
hillsides some hundreds of feet; as one geologist
said later, "Picture jumping into a full bathtub."
In the almost forty years since the eruption,the
landscape around the mountain has made a
remarkable recovery. In some places in the
devastated area, it's hard to tell anything
happened at all.
Ellis captured some of the best pre-eruption
photos of the mountain, which show just was a
beautiful and deceptively serene place it once was.
Now is the time. If you want to take a last ride on the Mighty Hyak, you have roughly until October to do it--and there's no guarantee she'll be sailing much beyond June this year. (Although
with the Elwha scheduled to be out much of summer for replacement of her car deck, who can say at this point.)
No mid-life upgrade, deferred maintenance, and just old age have caught up with the vessel, and now at the point where substantial investments need to be made to keep her in
service--money better spent invested in a new vessel.
The transportation budget has approved the construction of one new ferry to start at once and the conversion of one of the Jumbo Mark II's to a hybrid electric system. It's a start, but the
system is still in dire need of vessels as the fleet continues to age.
Photo by the author.
|Better late than never, one supposes...
After a year of delays, the Northern Sea Wolf looks poised to head into service.
Northern Sea Wolf sails towards final trials before entering into
service on the Port Hardy to Bella Coola route
Courtesy of B.C. Ferries
|Pretty Hard to Argue with this...
Anyone who has ever taken a trip up here will tell you the same...
WSF makes list of 7 most scenic ferry rides in the nation
The M/V Samish in the San Juan Islands. Photo courtesy of Brandon Swan.
|Passenger Cabin, M/V
Even if I hadn't included the date, one look at the lovely orange,
harvest gold and tan would have given away the decade: that
swinging time known as the 1970's.
Sadly, the Taku is no longer with us, having been sold off and
scrapped in India. Now, of course, the entire fleet of the Alaska
Marine Highway is in doubt as the current governor of the state
seems determined to kill the service off.
The Taku's sisters continue to work, both the Malaspina and
Matanuska are still in service, while the future of the
Tustumena (more of a cousin than a sister) remains in doubt.
Like WSF, the Alaska Marine Highways needs new boats to
replacing aging vessels. Unlike WSF, the current
administration of Alaska seems to have no interest in making
investments in the system.
** Standard disclaimer --may not be completely current due to
maintenance needs, etc.
Spring schedule runs from 31 March - 22 June 2019
ANACORTES - SAN JUAN ISLANDS
SEALTH - ELWHA- YAKIMA
ANACORTES - SIDNEY
PORT TOWNSEND - KEYSTONE
MUKILTEO - CLINTON
EDMONDS - KINGSTON
SEATTLE - WINSLOW
(AKA Bainbridge Island)
SEATTLE - BREMERTON
SOUTHWORTH -VASHON -
POINT DEFIANCE -
IN THE YARD
Nothing at this time, though the Klahowya will likely be
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Steamboat Bill Clipping, 1961