How do you fit a Washington state ferry through
the Ballard Locks? Very carefully...
Off goes the Elwha to the Lake Union Drydock Company to have steel replaced on the car deck.  It's budgeted for a
couple million, but then so was the steel replacement in the passenger cabin, and that ended up totally $24 million.
One wonders how much money can be dumped into a
fifty-two year old vessel before someone realizes you're
throwing money into to never-filling hole and the boat only has about eight years of life left in her that would be better
spent going toward a new vessel.

Photo courtesy of WSDOT.
Ellis # 288
"Sunset at Rosario Beach"

Ellis was a master of black and white
photography.  He understood the nuance of light
and shadow in every photo he took, no matter
what the subject.

Here we have another San Juan Island sunset, this
one at Rosario Beach on Fidalgo Island.  While
one might ponder what the view might have looked
like in color (probably not entirely dissimilar to the
photo at the top of the page) Ellis used his camera
to capture the play of light in the sky, the texture of
the clouds and the silhouette of the tree to
compose a spectacular and moody shot, proving
you don't always need to have color to make a
memorable photograph.

Toward the end of his career, Ellis did do some
color photography, and when son Clifford B. Ellis
took over the postcard business, he worked
almost exclusively in color.

Still, he'll be most remembered for his black and
white postcards, which remain as sharp in detail as
they were the day they were printed.
Summer winding down...
Not even the first of August and the back to school ads were hitting the air, but in truth, summer is on its way out.  So far, the predicted hotter-than-normal summer has not materialized, but
August tends to be the warmest month in the Pacific Northwest.  We'll see what happens, but in the meantime here in the islands we'll continue to enjoy magical sunsets.

Photo courtesy of Brandon Moser.
That's so not cool...

The Denman Island cable ferry, Baynes Sound Connector is shredding the plastic covering on the
cables--and all that plastic is being dumped into the marine environment.  Here we see Denman Island
resident Edi Johnston with a small collection of some of the plastic being dumped into the Salish Sea by the
ferry.

Denman Island cable ferry shedding plastic into the ocean

Photo courtesy of Jessica Johnston/Nanimo News Bulletin.
Strike!
 The IBU workers of the AMH had been without a contract for several years, and is now faced with an
administration that would love to do nothing more than wash its hands of the ferry system entirely.
A strike
was called and the boats tied up. Happily, after ten days, an agreement was reached and the strike ended.


‘We Believe in Ferries’: Alaskan Ferry Workers Walk Off the Job


The M/V Columbia courtesy of Shawn J. Dake.  Under the current reduction in service plan, the Columbia will be sold off.
Only the windows give it away...
It's a far cry from the photo below, but this is the car deck of the Santa Rosa, aka the Enetai.

Totally refurbished after returning to San Francisco, the ferry is the headquarters for
Hornblower Yachts, and the former car deck is available for rent for parties, weddings,
corporate gatherings and other events.  (You can see the bar at the far left of the photo.)

The sole survivor of the Steel Electric Class, let's  hope the
Santa Rosa is around for many
more years to come.

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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