The Santa Rosa was one of the six nearly identical Steel Electric ferries built in 1927.  
Her original owners--Northwestern Pacific--was soon absorbed by Southern
Pacific-Golden Gate and, like the other ferries in the class, was idled with the opening of
the Golden Gate.

PSN purchased the
Santa Rosa and her near sisters to expand and modernize the fleet.  
The
Santa Rosa arrived on Puget Sound  August of 1940 and immediately went in to the
shipyard for reconstruction.  Renamed
Enetai, the cabin was  expanded and completely
rebuilt and the ferry converted from a double-ended diesel electric to a direct-drive
Busch Sulzer single ender.  Reconfigured specifically for the  Bremerton run, the
Enetai  
joined the route in April of 1941 and with a few minor exceptions, she would continue to
work the Bremerton run her entire career.

With her running mates, the
Kalakala and  the Chippewa, the ferry settled into a
comfortable schedule that she would maintain for over 25 years. However, just like the  
Willapa the Enetai'ssingle-ended configuration would end  her career on Puget Sound.  

Although she lasted longer than the
Willapa, (which was taken out of service as soon as
the
Hyak arrived), once the Yakima took her place on the Bremerton route, the Enetai
was sent into retirement. Still, for a time before the
Yakima arrived, the ferry enjoyed a
quiet "twilight time" while people strolled her decks in the summer sun of 1967.  Taken
out of service, the ferry and her sister spent time in Eagle Harbor until the official FOR
SALE sign went up.

Purchased by Donald Clair in 1968 as a replacement for the burned out
Chippewa,  she w
as towed to  San Francisco under her old name,
Santa Rosa and sat unused until H
ornblower Yachts purchased the run
-down boat in 1989.

Hornblower Yachts  restored the ferry  much to her old Southern Pacific look. Her second
wheel house was rebuilt, she was painted completely white and the large windows on her
car deck were restored.  They did not restore the original outline of her passenger cabin,
however, and she retained the floor plan built into her in 1941.

Available now for large fully catered  parties that  includes dancing and music,  the old

Santa Rosa,
ex-Enetai proves that old ferries don't always outlive their usefulness.

The last survivor of the Steel Electric class is currently moored at Pier 3 in San
Francisco.  You can find out more about her  
HERE.
At top,  on balmy Puget Sound days the decks and rails were always lined with
passengers enjoying the sun.   Author's collection.  Above, the
Enetai's
passenger cabin in the 40's. MOHAI.  Below, the Enetai/Santa Rosa as she
looks today--the lone survivor of the Steel Electric class.  Courtesy of Matt
Masuoka.
The Enetai as she looks today, moored at Pier 3 in San Francisco.  She remains one of the few Washington State Ferries that has had a successful retirement.  Courtesy of Matt
Masuoka.

ENETAI
BUILT:  1927, General Engineering & Drydock Co., Alameda, CA
FORMER/LATER NAMES: a. Santa Rosa, b. Enetai, c. Santa Rosa
OFFICIAL NUMBER: 226599 CALL SIGN: WA4715
L/B/D:  256 x 66 x 13 GROSS/NET TONS: 1023/695 PASSENGERS/AUTOS: 1500/90 autos
PROPULSION:  Busch-Sulzer diesel, 2800 HP (direct drive) SPEED: 15 knots
NAME TRANSLATION: “Across, on the other side.”/ for the California city of the same name
FINAL DISPOSITION: Direct sister to the Nisqually and Quinault.  Returned to San Francisco in 1968 under her original name, Santa Rosa.   Currently
headquarters of Hornblower Yachts and a successful banquet/wedding/reception hall.  The
Santa Rosa is the sole survivor of the Steel Electric class ferries.

The Enetai sailing out of Rich Passage in the 1960's.  Author's collection. The Enetai's whistle is being sounded by Captain Bill Anderson.