S
STEILACOOM (I)
A-Aquidneck; C-Point Ruston
OFFICIAL NUMBER: 582707 VESSEL CALL SIGN: WYL6353 BUILT: 1936 as AQUIDNECK or YFB-14 for the U.S. Navy. LENGTH: 128.2 BEAM: 52.4 DEPTH: 12.8 GROSS/NET TONNAGE:
420/285

HISTORY: Built by Bath Iron Works, Bath, ME (YN 167) Laid down, 28 July 1936, and launched, 13 February 1937, the vessel went into service for the Navy on 28 May, 1937  at Naval
Torpedo Station, Newport, RI.  
The
Aquidneck  was taken out of service and place in reserve in October, 1971, being struck from the Naval Register in July of 1975  and transferred to the Department of the Interior on 1
November 1975.  The ferry was sold to Pierce County on 19 December 1975 for use on the  Steilacoom-Ketron Island-Anderson Island run, and renamed M/V
Steilacoom. After
reconditioning, the ferry finally went into service in August, 1977, where it put the
Islander into back-up status until the arrival of the Christine Anderson, which put the Steilacoom into back-up
service.
The
Steilacoom  was sold for $49,500 to R.T. Wallace of Haldo Inc., Las Vegas, NV, February 2007, and sold again on eBay to real estate developer Mike Cohen, renamed M/V Point Ruston,
2008.

FINAL DISPOSITION:  In use as a floating showroom and conference center for the Point Ruston condo development, Point Ruston, WA.

Photo of the
Point Ruston courtesy of Matt Masuoka.