|Above, M/V Elwha, first ferry on Puget Sound to carry that name, as she looked in
Black Ball livery from 1939-1944. She would soon find herself in a more temperate
climate. Photo courtesy of Tom Sanislo, color by Nevermore Images.
BUILT: 1927 by General Engineering & Drydock Co., Alameda, CA.
PREVIOUS/LATER NAMES: a. Golden Shore, b. Elwha, c. Silver Strand
OFFICIAL NUMBER: 226767 CALL SIGN: WK4146
L/B/D: 227 x 44 x 16 GROSS/NET TONS: 779/479 PASSENGERS/AUTOS: 500/55 cars
NAME TRANSLATION: Elwha=Elk, Silver Strand: from the long, narrow isthmus of the same name in San Diego
FINAL DISPOSITION: Wrecked on Los Angeles breakwater, 30 November 1970.
Third time is the charm. After stints in San Francisco and Puget Sound, the Golden Shore finally finds a home on San Diego Bay as the Silver Strand.
|Death of the Silver Strand
The Los Angeles Times captured this photo of the wreck of the Silver
Strand back in 1970, shortly after the vessel was smashed up in the
storm. Another sad ending to a vessel that had served the public well
for many years and in three different cities on the West Coast.