It could be that Alaska's last fast ferry may not be coming back.
Photo courtesy of Guy de Gouville.
Fast ferry's return uncertain as it leaves SE Alaska
|Ellis # 4201
"Ferry Chinook and Ediz Hook--Port
The Chinook became a favorite subject of Ellis, as there are
more than a half dozen cards of the ferry known to exists.
The photo, taken from the air, shows the arrow-like prow of
the Chinook slicing through the waters of the Straight of Juan
de Fuca en route to Victoria, British Columbia.
Black Ball was very proud of their W.F. Gibbs designed
vessel. The Chinook quickly knocked the Kalakala from the
top of every fleet guide and became the flag ship of the fleet.
Stylized renderings of the Chinook would later appear on
schedules, advertisements and official Puget Sound Navigation
After seven successful years on the run, Captain Peabody
moved the vessel to Canada and his far more lucrative run
between Horseshoe Bay and Nanaimo.
The "Queen Elizabeth of the Inland Seas" would meet here
end in 1997, after an attempt to turn her into a floating casino
The state's newest ferry joined the WSF Fleet officially on 4 October, 2018, taking over for the Kittitas on the Mukilteo run. The ferry will be filling in most of fall-winter on routes all up and down the Sound
as vessels go in for the annual maintenance periods. Photo courtesy of WSDOT.
|Making up for “no-show” 2018 season.
B.C. Ferries will extend the season of the M/V Northern Sea Wolf for next season, after the used ferry, which had been
scheduled to go into service in the summer of 2018, missed the entire season due to extensive work the vessel needed.
BC Ferries to extend 2019 Sea Wolf season; offers free fares on
One of the more... ah, colorful incidents in Washington State Ferries history is the infamous Punk Rock Riot on the Kitsap
back in 1987. All joking aside, the situation did turn dangerous, and could have spiraled even further out of control had the
door to the day room not held.
Photo courtesy of Brandon Moser.
Remembering the Infamous Kitsap Ferry Riot of 1987
|Forward Cabin, m/V Ballard
Overstuffed couches, plush seats, thick carpet--all marked the
luxury interior of the M/V Ballard.
Originally built as the City of Everett, the passenger only
steamship was rebuilt as the car ferry Liberty, only to be rebuilt
and expanded further as the Ballard some years later.
Operated by the Ballard-Ludlow Ferry Company, the vessel
would start the day at 4:00 AM leaving Port Ludlow and arrive in
Ballard a few hours later and depart for Port Ludlow at 6:15
AM. Cost was $1.75 for round trip per passenger and $3.70 for
round trip with an auto.
In addition to the plush passenger cabin, there were "limited
staterooms for overnight travelers."
The Ballard became part of the Black Ball Fleet and was retired
in the 40's to become the floating "Four Winds" restaurant.
She later sank on Lake Union in the 60's, and was broken up in
** Standard disclaimer --may not be completely
current due to maintenance needs, etc.
Fall schedule runs from 30
September - 29 5 January 2019
ANACORTES - SAN JUAN
YAKIMA- SAMISH- CHELAN
ANACORTES - SIDNEY
PORT TOWNSEND -
MUKILTEO - CLINTON
EDMONDS - KINGSTON
SEATTLE - WINSLOW
( AKA Bainbridge Island)
SEATTLE - BREMERTON
SOUTHWORTH -VASHON -
POINT DEFIANCE -
STANDBY- IN THE YARD
Nothing at this time, though the Klahowya will likely be
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