Things aren't any better up north...
...and Alaska has fewer boats.

COVID-19 Is Taxing Alaska’s Beleaguered Ferry System

The Rusty Tusty, courtesy of Shawn Dake.
Ellis # 2312
"Mountain Road Inn and Mt St Helens"


A wonderful collection of cars is parked outside the
Mountain Road Inn that was near Chehalis, with the
near perfect pre-eruption cone of Mount St. Helens on
the horizon.

The food must have been good, given the amount of
cars parked here, and one can imagine Ellis snapping
the photo probably having had lunch there himself.

Prior to the eruption, in which the mountain lost about
1300 feet from its top, the peak was a lot more
prominent in areas of southwest Washington, and a
lot more visible from what is now Interstate 5.

Restaurants were a favorite subject of Ellis, as were
lodges, some hotels and other large buildings.  He
generally tried to frame them against the natural
background, if possible with either the Cascades or
Puget Sound as part of the composition.
At last, a little good news...
At least for the Issaquah Class.  Due to the efforts of Senator Maria Cantwell, two of the Issaquah Class (at the moment I don't which two) have received a $5 million federal grant to replace
the reduction gears.  According to the article "...purchase new reduction gear components to maintain its ferries. The parts have reached or exceeded their 20-year lifespan, and if they
failed it would cost the agency 15 months of lost service, or nearly $3 million per failure, according to the news release."
The Issaquahs, once the most trouble-plagued vessels in the fleet, have now become some of the most reliable vessels, and as such are being worked, quite literally, to death.
The Issaquah departs Fauntleroy.  Courtesy of Matt Masuoka.

A break for commuters, but we'll see
what happens...
As the quasi-private company has reported losses of $130 million dollars.
BC Ferries fares won’t go up to cover COVID-19 losses, minister
says
Photo courtesy of Brandon Swan
Sailing all alone...
Still down to one boat on the Bremerton route, the Kaleetan is shown here on a sunny July 4th.  
"Covid levels" of service aren't going away any time soon.

Washington State Ferries continues to operate
through a global pandemic
Photo courtesy of Brandon Swan.
Empress of Canada, the last of the line
After WWII, Canadian Pacific sought to bolster its fleet with new construction.  The line's
largest and arguably best  liner, the
Empress of Britain, had been sunk during the war, and
the
Empress of Canada had been destroyed by fire in 1953.

Canadian Pacific built three vessels to modernize the fleet: the new
Empress of  Britain in
1955, the
Empress of England in 1956 and finally the last Empress of Canada in 1960 for
the Liverpool-Montreal run.  By the time she appeared, however, transatlantic flight had
already outpaced steamship travel, and the vessel never lived up to its potential for the
company.  In 1968 CP modernized her look and by 1969 she spent the majority of her
time cruising.

Canadian Pacific threw in the towel in 1972, having already sold the other two near sisters.
She was sold to a new cruise ship line named Carnival and became one of the first ships
that helped found what has become one of the largest cruise ships operations in the world.  
Renamed
Mardi Gras, she sailed with Carnival for twenty years.

After a successful career of 42 years, the former Empress of Canada was scrapped in
2003.

You can read a more detailed history
here.
COVID-19  
Schedule
"Until further Notice"


ANACORTES - SAN JUAN
ISLANDS
 
YAKIMA - SAMISH - CHELAN
SEALTH (Inter-island)

ANACORTES - SIDNEY
Suspended until who knows when.

PORT TOWNSEND -
KEYSTONE
SALISH


MUKILTEO - CLINTON
KITSAP
TOKITAE

EDMONDS - KINGSTON
SPOKANE
WALLA WALLA

SEATTLE - WINSLOW
(AKA Bainbridge Island)
WENATCHEE

SEATTLE - BREMERTON
KALEETAN


SOUTHWORTH -VASHON -
FAUNTLEROY
ISSAQUAH
KITTITAS

POINT DEFIANCE -
TAHLEQUAH
CHETZEMOKA

IN THE YARD
TACOMA
PUYALLUP
CHIMACUM
CATHLAMET
TILLIKUM
KENNEWICK
SUQUAMISH

RETIRED
ELWHA
KLAHOWYA
HYAK

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Near the end of her career for her original owners, the  Empress of Canada h is photographed
her at Martinique in March of 1968. Author's collection.