|A difficult winter for coastal Alaskans...
The full effects of the governor's cut go into effect, and communities are justifiably worried.
Coastal communities to be hit hard by reduced
winter ferry schedule
Photo courtesy of Shawn J. Dake.
|Ellis # 67
"Sunrise on Lake Crescent-Wash"
Really big, deep lakes have always given me the
creeps a little bit. Something about the hidden
depths, the coldness of the water.
Lake Crescent in particular can look both
stunningly beautiful and eerie within the span of a
few minutes due to the weather that can change
very rapidly. Ellis' postcard of the lake could be
seen as either serene and beautiful...or totally
Lake Crescent also has some very interesting
stories about it, the Lady of the Lake probably
being the most interesting. Nothing like a murder
and a body turning to soap to capture one's
The lake has also featured in several very creepy
works of fiction. My personal favorite is the story
"The Redfield Girls" in Laird Barron's collection
The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All.
The whole collection is perfect for October
reading--check it out!
|Apologies to the Smokwa
The little steamer didn't make the cut for Crossing Puget Sound.
Even though I colorized this photo especially for that purpose, had the color photograph of her as the S.S. Scotian ready to go... I realize that with the theme of the book, the little ferry
actually had no place in the book. She never actually crossed Puget Sound, nor had she ever done an international sailing.
So, alas, the Smokwa had to go, I'm sorry to say. I've always had a soft spot for the clunky little boat, and always enjoyed reading of her foibles after she joined the B.C. Ferries fleet. She's
still in Ferries of Puget Sound and you'll find her on the website here, so hopefully the last steam ferry of the B.C. Ferries fleet will not be forgotten.
|Going electric in Canada...
Like Washington State Ferries, B.C. Ferries is going hybrid electric.
Hybrid Gabriola vessels part of B.C. Ferries’ plans to
Photo courtesy of Brandon Swan. The photo of the Skeena Queen has nothing to do with the story, but it was just too pretty not to use!
|Whoops! There goes the Sidney Sailing for a
Blame the Elwha, a maintenance backlog, and not building the Suquamish as a SOLAS boat.
Washington State Ferries to suspend service to Sidney for almost a month
The aging, 52- year old Elwha. Photo courtesy of Brandon Swan.
|The Spirit of British Columbia...
"Coastalized" I believe is the term, but B.C. Ferry fans, feel free to correct me.
Making the boats as similar as possible both inside and out makes complete economic sense--but it also takes away from the unique flavor of the fleet.
Both B.C. Ferries and Washington State Ferries are moving toward homogenized fleets, which again is totally economically practical. For ferry fans though, we will miss the eclectic nature
of both fleets, from the stretched and expanded Spaulding boats of B.C. Ferries to the portholed profiles of the Steel Electrics.
Modern and comfortable to be sure, but just not the same.
Photo courtesy of Brandon Swan.
** Standard disclaimer --may not be completely current due to
maintenance needs, etc.
Summer schedule runs from 29 September 2019 to 4
ANACORTES - SAN JUAN ISLANDS
CHELAN - SAMISH - KALEETAN or YAKIMA
ANACORTES - SIDNEY
(Route will be temporarily shut down from 12
November - 8 December due to lack of SOLAS vessels)
PORT TOWNSEND - KEYSTONE
2 Boat schedule ends Oct 15.
MUKILTEO - CLINTON
TOKITAE or KITSAP
EDMONDS - KINGSTON
SEATTLE - WINSLOW
(AKA Bainbridge Island)
SEATTLE - BREMERTON
SOUTHWORTH -VASHON -
POINT DEFIANCE -
IN THE YARD
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