|At top, the Skansonia's original lunch counter, which had a distinct art deco feel. Courtesy of TPL. Above,
once crowded with DeSotos, Packards and Studebakers, the car deck now hosts weddings, banquets and
social events. Courtesy of Matt Masuoka.
|Immortality, of a sort...
The wooden wonder of Gig Harbor is still serving the public, though as a wedding and party venue on Lake Union where she has been moored for well over twenty years.
The ferry has suffered a little bit for her prolonged use, as she now sits in a cradle and is not floating strictly on her own. This will help preserve the ferry.
There are some small reminders of her previous life. A few bits of signage from the Washington State Ferries era exist on board.
Top, courtesy of Guy de Gouville.
Bottom, courtesy of Matt Masuoka.
Official Number: 229088 Radio Call Number: WA7467 Built: Skansie Brothers Shipyard, Gig Harbor, WA, 1929.
Lengeth: 164' 6" Beam: 50' 11" Draft: 8' 8" Auto Deck Clearance: 11' Speed: 8 Knots Propulsion: Fairbanks-Morse Diesel Autos: 32 Passengers: 465.
FINAL DISPOSITION: In service, albeit stationary as a wedding and event center on Lake Union. See link below.
The Skansonia arrives at Tahlequah. Williamson/MOHAI/Color by the author.