Fall shut-down might be averted...
Or it might not.  It all depends on if the governor signs.

Legislators approve $46M for Alaska ferries
to avert fall shutdown

Photo courtesy of Brandon Swan.
Ellis # 2576
"Street Scene, Leavenworth, WN,
August 1953"

It doesn't look like this anymore.

The quaint mountain town of Leavenworth once
looked like this--a pretty typical western down with
brick buildings with a bit of Victorian to them.

By the early 1962, the town was struggling.  
Logging, which had been its reason for existence,
was in decline.

Looking for a way to drawn in tourists, two men,  
Ted Price and Bob Rodgers who were on the
redevelopment committee, took members to
Solvang, a Danish-themed town in California.

With the beautiful mountain scenery, it was
decided to go with a Bavarian theme.  The town
was entirely transformed into the Bavarian village
it is today, drawing thousands of tourists the year
round.
Thank you for your service, M/V Hyak
Back in the summer of 1967, the first of a new class of ferries went into service on the Seattle-Bremerton run.  The ferry was so huge that it allowed for two ferries on the route-- the
Kalakala and Willapa to be retired.
52 years later, it's now the
Hyak's time to say farewell.  
Generally a very reliable vessel, the
Hyak fell victim to the removal of the funding for the ferry system back in 1999.  In the twenty years since I-695 passed, the legislature still has not come
up with a permanent replacement of funding for the ferry system.  The
Hyak never got her mid-life upgrade as a result, and to bring her up to current standards and to do the backlog of
maintenance she needs, it would cost in excess of nearly half the money for a new ferry.  Investing that kind of money in a ferry with
maybe 8 years of life left in her doesn't make sense.
She wasn't the prettiest, but she was often the most reliable of the four Supers. We'll miss you,
Hyak.  Thanks for the memories.
Lions and tigers and bears and...naked people?

One wonders what else could delay a ferry?

Swimming bear, then a naked person delay B.C. Ferries sailings on
weekend

Queen of Oak Bay photo courtesy of Matt Masuoka.
It's a go! At least for one...
The legislature, nervous about the transportation budget being gutted by another initative in the fall, did at
least do two good things for WSF: funded the first hybrid electric 144 car ferry so that construction may
begin at once, and extend the contract with Vigor to keep building up to four more beyond that.  The latter
move prevents having to go back to the drawing board for new boats--a process that takes, on average, a
decade.  WSF and many of its vessels simply do not have that time to wait.

Legislature approves funding for new ferries

The M/V Suquamish.  Photo courtesy of Brandon Swan.
They don't build them
like this anymore!
S.S. City of Sacramento
Taken after her name had been changed from Asbury Park, to
further cement the ferry was no longer a part of the East Coast
a large mural of the state capital building in Sacramento was
placed in prominent display on at th top of the grand staircase.

The ferry looked very much a product of its 1903 construction
and underwent several reconstructions over the years, adding
and removing lounges and cabins as the needs of the vessel
changed.

When Black Ball took her to Canada in the early 1950's, all of
what was seen here in the photograph was removed.  The
entire cabin was removed, and the vessel rebuilt as the ferry
Kahloke.
SUMMER
** Standard disclaimer --may not be completely current due to
maintenance needs, etc.

Summer schedule runs from 23 June to 28 September
2019

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

ANACORTES - SIDNEY
CHELAN

PORT TOWNSEND - KEYSTONE
KENNEWICK
SALISH

MUKILTEO - CLINTON
SUQUAMISH
TOKITAE

EDMONDS - KINGSTON
PUYALLUP
SPOKANE
SEATTLE - WINSLOW
(AKA Bainbridge Island)
TACOMA
WENATCHEE

SEATTLE - BREMERTON
WALLA WALLA
CHIMACUM

SOUTHWORTH -VASHON -
FAUNTLEROY
ISSAQUAH
KITTITAS
KITSAP

POINT DEFIANCE -
TAHLEQUAH
CHETZEMOKA

IN THE YARD
ELWHA
SEALTH
CATHLAMET

RETIRED
KLAHOWYA
HYAK
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