The Wollochet (which in Chinook means "squirting clams") was diesel
ferry built in 1925 by the Skansie Brothers  for their Washington
Navigation Company.   She was a small ferry at a mere  89.5 feet in
length with a beam of  32.5 feet.   Built at Gig Harbor, the ferry was put
into service  to Day  and Fox Islands near Tacoma.

She was later renamed  
Fox Island  while still with the Washington
Navigation Company.  WSN sold the vessel in 1942 to the Horluck
Transportation Co., which  was in desperate need of  additional ferries  
to meet the passenger demands of its ferry service between Port
Orchard and Bremerton.   During World War II the Puget Sound Naval
Shipyard was working around the clock and traffic to and from the yard
was non-stop.

After traffic returned to normal levels when the war ended, so Horluck
sold the ferry in 1947 to Captain Oscar Lee.  Lee , H.J. Carroll and A.C.
Grady formed Olympic Ferries Inc. and purchased the Port
Townsend-Keystone route from the Puget Sound Navigation Company
(Black Ball Line) after the company had essential abandoned the route
in 1943.  The manmade harbor with the ferry dock opened in 1948.

The 18 car
Fox Island went into service on the route after the dock was
rebuilt  in 1948 and sailed on the run until being displaced by the ferry
Defiance in 1952 . The  Fox Island was sold in 1955 to the Gulf Island
Ferry Company in British Columbia between Crofton and Vesuvius.
Gulf Island Ferry Company renamed the ferry
George S. Pearson and
started operations in the Gulf Islands, but the ferry was charted for use
by Black Ball Ferries for use between Horseshoe Bay and Langdale.

In 1961 she was transferred to B.C. Ferries when the Crown Corporation
took over the Gulf Island Ferry Company.  She continued to sail until
1966 when she was sold to Nelson Brothers Fishers, Ltd., to be used as
supply vessel.

The ferry was destroyed by a storm in 1968...see the details below.
Above, the brand new Wollochet in service for her original owners, the Washington Navigation Company. Photo
courtesy of the WSHS. Below, the
George S Pearson, in a rare postcard shot. Author's collection.
End of the Fox Island...
Thanks to Lorne Campbell, who provided me with the following information:
According to the 23 Sept 1968 issue of the Prince Rupert Daily News, George S.
then named Western Service and owned by Nelson Bros. Fishery, was
caught in a storm in Hecate Strait between what is now Haida Gw
aii (then Queen
Charlotte Islands) and the mainland on 8 September 1968. She was loaded with
supplies including washers and dryers to serve the fishing fleet. As name implies, she
was attached to the fishing fleet and was a supply ship. The house was destroyed in
the storm and it says the owners had not determined what to do with the hull. I
assume it was scrapped as I can find no reference anywhere of the hull’s fate.

I would agree with the assessment of the old Wollochet being scrapped.  
Given the boat was essentially wrecked, the all wood construction, and the
age, I can't see anyone investing a ton of money to rebuild the vessel.  
However, if you have information of anything other than the boat being
scrapped, feel free to
email me.

Photo courtesy of the M. Sharp Collection.
BUILT: 1925, Skansie Brothers, Gig Harbor, WA.
FORMER/LATER NAMES: a. Wollochet, b. Fox Island, c. George S. Pearson, d. Western Service
L/B/D:  90 x 33 x 10 GROSS/NET TONS: 148/98 PASSENGERS/AUTOS: 134/18 cars
NAME TRANSLATION: Woolchet Chinook for "squirting clams"; Fox Island, which was named in 1841, by Commander Charles Wilkes for Dr. J. L. Fox, the
assistant surgeon of the Wilkes Expedition;
George S. Peason, wholesale grocer and political figure in British Columbia, Canada.
FINAL DISPOSITION: Sold to Canadian interests after the Defiance replaced the vessel on the Port Townsend-Keystone run.  She sailed as the George S.
until retired and sold in 1966.  As the Western Service, upper works wrecked in a storm in 1968, scrapped thereafter.

The Fox Island leaving Keystone while working for Olympic Ferries Inc.  Photo courtesy of the Raymond W Hughes Collection.