Severe cuts averted, but the Columbia gets the
shaft...
While there are funds to keep limited service for the Fall and Winter schedules, the Columbia will not sail past
September 4th.

State will tie up Columbia after Sept. 4

Photo courtesy of Matt Masuoka.
Ellis # 8416
"Mt Baker - Wash"

The view of our northern-most volcano is at its
spectacular best when view from this general area
known as Artist Point.

State Route 542 terminates here, and at  located
at 5,210 feet (1,588.01 m) above sea level on
Kulshan Ridge, the area receives a phenom
enal
amount of snow each year--depending on the
season.  In years past, the road to Artist Point has
remained closed because there is simply too much
snow in the area to open it.  One year, unable to
find the public restrooms in the snowpack, the
road remained closed for the season.

This winter, being an "El Nino" year, was warmer
and dryer than many, and as a result, the road to
Artist Point, which normally doesn't open until
mid-July on average, opened on 9 June 2019.  It
was the second-earliest opening in 20 years.

With any luck, the snow pack will return to normal
this coming winter, and while it means the road to
Artist Point might remain closed longer, it's better
for our rivers and salmon to get that snow.
Three Years
Because of design revisions and the new propulsion system, it'll be at least three years before the fifth Olympic Class vessel is added to the fleet.  Currently at 22 active vessels, and with 19
needed to maintain the summer schedule, it is easy to see why maintenance needs get deferred or canceled completely.  WSF vessels are being actively worked into a early grave.

Photo of the Suquamish courtesy of Brandon Swan.
Not and unreasonable request...

Washington State already passed a law about this.

BC Ferries union wants zero-tolerance policy to stop harassment

Queen of Alberni, 1991.  Photo from the author's archives.
When there are no other options...
The Salish is not a popular vessel in the San Juans--or any of her class for that matter.  Her narrow car
deck makes it difficult to load for the multi-destination sailings on the inter-island run, resulting in delays and
an inability to keep the schedule.  However, the urgent repairs needed on both the
Tillikum and Sealth,
there was little choice but to pull the
Salish off the Keystone run for a week while work could be carried out
on the
Tillikum.

Two-boat service expected to resume Monday on Port Townsend-Coupeville

The M/V Suquamish.  Photo courtesy of Brandon Moser.
If this table could talk...
One of the uniqiue design elements to the Super Class when
they first arrived was the Native American/Salish artwork
present on the table tops.

The
Hyak, not being refurbished, kept hers her entire career.  
One wonders how many card games, meals, work reports,
homework and jigsaw puzzles this table top saw over fifty-two
years of service.

The
Hyak is one of the oldest "Bremerton Boats" to  be retired
from the run.  The
Kalakala only made it 32 years.

The mighty
Chippewa,   holds the record. Discounting her time
on the Great Lakes, that "Bremerton Boat" sailed for 57 years.  
Like the
Hyak, she too spent her later years away from the run
she first called home, but is still regarded as  "Bremerton boat"
all these years later.

Photo courtesy of Mark Stearns.
SUMMER
** Standard disclaimer --may not be completely current due to
maintenance needs, etc.

Summer schedule runs from 23 June to 28 September
2019

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

ANACORTES - SIDNEY
CHELAN

PORT TOWNSEND - KEYSTONE
KENNEWICK
SALISH

MUKILTEO - CLINTON
SUQUAMISH
TOKITAE

EDMONDS - KINGSTON
PUYALLUP
SPOKANE
SEATTLE - WINSLOW
(AKA Bainbridge Island)
TACOMA
WENATCHEE

SEATTLE - BREMERTON
WALLA WALLA
CHIMACUM

SOUTHWORTH -VASHON -
FAUNTLEROY
ISSAQUAH
KITTITAS
CATHLAMET

POINT DEFIANCE -
TAHLEQUAH
CHETZEMOKA

IN THE YARD
ELWHA
SEALTH
RETIRED
KLAHOWYA
HYAK
Previous Day Room
Goodbye, old friend.
Photo courtesy of Mark Stearns.