Because studying something to death
always works best...
...just ask WSF about "blue ribbon panels".

Panel seeks input on 'reshaping' Alaska Marine Highway

Postcard from the author's collection.
Ellis # 5909
"Northern State Hospital
Sedro Wooley (sic) WA"

Ellis had a hard time with the spelling of "Sedro-Woolley."
He often left out the second "l" or when he did get the
second "l" in there, he left out the second "o."

Ellis got some of the better photos of Northern State
Hospital, which was one of the then three state run
mental hospitals.  (Eastern State and Western State are
still open. Northern was shut down in the 70's, which,
given the state's current overcrowding of the other two
facilities, was a mistake.)

Long abandoned, the state facility is being transferred to
private hands, with the understanding that any of the
historic buildings that can be saved will be, and any new
construction must match what is already there.  The
grounds, designed by the Olmsted Brothers, will have to
be maintained as is as well.

A good article about the former hospital can be read
here.
What are you waiting for?
Three years.  That is how long the Klahowya has been sitting at Eagle Harbor, taking up space. It would be difficult to think that after all this time anything potentially useful hasn't been
stripped off her, so why is WSF holding on to it? Or the
Hyak for that matter, which also must be stripped by this time, given that she's tied up at Kingston.  
Perhaps it is the lingering doubt to their final fate.  The Port of Olympia is less than thrilled that  the
Evergreen State is still parked there, having seized the vessel and sued to owner. (NOT
WSF's fault.) Perhaps WSF is taking a look at making sure the end for their retired vessels is a little more permanent--like directly to the scrapyard.  Either way, with vessels out of service
because of covid-19 and space at a premium with the Elwha now cluttering up the yard, it might be time to clear some of the excess tonnage.
The Klahowya in happier times.  Courtesy of  Brandon Swan.

Ferry crews are highly trained on both
sides of the border...
An kudos to the crew of the Coastal Inspiration for the quick response and rescue!
'Out of nowhere he just jumped': Man rescued after going
overboard on BC Ferries vessel
Photo courtesy of Mike Bonkowski.
Back to two boats...
The end of August saw a return to two-boat service on the Seattle-Bainbridge run, and two boat
weekend service to Kingston and Mukilteo.  No word yet one when, or if, Bremerton and Vashon will
get their normal compliment of vessels on the run.

With staffing boost, Bainbridge, Kingston state ferry
routes to get restored service
Photo courtesy of Matt Masuoka.
Versailles of the Atlantic: the S.S. France (1910)

So dubbed because of her interior appointments, the France of 1910 was the only liner for
the French Line (technically Compagnie Générale Transatlantique) sport four funnels.
A tremendously popular vessel, garnering praise from both sides of the Atlantic, she went
into service in April, 1912, a mere week after the sinking of the
Titanic.

When the First World War broke out, the
France was used as a hospital ship, joining the
ranks of other four funneled liners for that purpose, most famously the
Aquitania and
Britannic (II).

After the war, she went back into service, displaced by the
Paris as the flagship in 1921.  
She continued to be a popular ship, until the Great Depression began taking its toll on
Atlantic passenger ships.   She was withdrawn from service in 1932 and scrapped in 1935.


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


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

ANACORTES - SIDNEY
Suspended until who knows when.

PORT TOWNSEND -
KEYSTONE
SALISH


MUKILTEO - CLINTON
KITSAP
TOKITAE

EDMONDS - KINGSTON
SPOKANE
PUYALLUP

SEATTLE - WINSLOW
(AKA Bainbridge Island)
WENATCHEE
WALLA WALLA

SEATTLE - BREMERTON
CHIMACUM


SOUTHWORTH -VASHON -
FAUNTLEROY
CATHLAMET
KITTITAS

POINT DEFIANCE -
TAHLEQUAH
CHETZEMOKA

IN THE YARD
TACOMA
ISSAQUAH
KALEETAN
SEALTH
KENNEWICK
SUQUAMISH

RETIRED
ELWHA
KLAHOWYA
HYAK

Previous Day Room
The France in her final year of service, 1932.  She had nice lines, was noted for her
cuisine...and her tendency to roll, even in calm seas. Author's collection.