|And down she goes...
Alaska's first ferry sank in a storm in January. After two weeks on the bottom, she was raised and
towed off, likely for scrapping.
Former Alaska ferry sinks west of Guemes Island Ferry slip
|The Tacoma Hotel Pt 2
Picking up where last month left off, here is another postcard of the Tacoma Hotel.
Themed rooms were kind of a thing in the Victorian and Edwardian era, whether it be
by color or decorative theme. In Downton Abbey, for example, you'll hear them
occasionally say "Put so-and-so in the Chinese Room."
The Tacoma seems to have drawn on local history and culture for its themes (albeit
decidedly European history.) The Mermaid Room seen last month takes its cues from
the region's sailing history, and the Viking Room takes its cues from the many settlers
(my own family included) who arrived from Norway.
Like the Mermaid room, there seems to be plenty of gold and bright colors, including
murals of Viking ships fighting the waves. It's only a pity true color photography didn't
exist back then, as both this and the Mermaid room must have been spectacular to see
in living color.
Take a look HERE at the Tacoma Historical Society's online exhibit of that beautiful,
now long gone building that once graced the Tacoma skyline.
|Up in flames.
September, 1956. A spectacular fire erupts on the Portland waterfront. Among the many things damage/destoryed...check out the lower right corner of the photo.
That's the Malahat, burning up for the second and last time. Check our her whole story here.
|WSF isn't the only one wanting to go electric
B.C. Ferries would like to take their hybrids electric all the way.
BC Ferries seeks support for full electrification of hybrid vessels
The Island Aurora, courtesy of Paul Van Bukenhaut.
|WSF to get some help from the feds...
(And is it just me, or has this been a gloomier-than-average winter around here this year?)
Biden administration to upgrade ports and ferry systems to support
a more sustainable maritime ecosystem
Photo of the Tacoma appears courtesy of Matt Masuoka.
|Santa Elena (1933)--One Part of Grace Line's
Grace Line's ships are largely forgotten today, even though the company had a very long
and established career.
Designed by William F. Gibbs, who would later build the S.S. United States, the Santa Elena
was the last of the Santa Rosa Class, which included the Santa Rosa, Santa Paula and
Santa Lucia. The four were built to comply with the Grace Line's mail contract, and carried
a great deal of cargo along with passengers.
The ships inaugurated the first service from New York to Seattle via the Panama Canal on a
20-day trip. By 1936 the quartet were reassigned to working the route from New York to the
Caribbean, making stops at Venezuela, Curacao, Colombia, Cristobal and Haiti.
The outbreak of the Second World War saw the ships requisitioned by the Navy. Santa
Lucia, renamed the U.S.S. Leedstown was sunk in the North African invasion. The Santa
Elena was sunk the following year off the Philippville on the Algerian coast; the Santa Rosa
and Santa Paula survived the war and held on as flagships until replaced by new ships of
the same name in 1958.
You can read more about these and all the other "Santa" ships of the Grace Line
"Until further Notice"
ANACORTES - SAN JUAN
YAKIMA - SAMISH - CHELAN
ANACORTES - SIDNEY
Suspended until at least 26 September 2021.
PORT TOWNSEND - KEYSTONE
MUKILTEO - CLINTON
EDMONDS - KINGSTON
SEATTLE - BAINBRIDGE ISLAND
SEATTLE - BREMERTON
SOUTHWORTH -VASHON -
POINT DEFIANCE -
IN THE YARD
CLUTTERING UP EAGLE HARBOR &
|A colorized photo of the Santa Elena taken in 1940. Note the large American flag at her stern,
marking her as a neutral ship. Author's collection.
|(Previous Day Room)