Goodbye Malaspina...
She's going into mothballs, and some fear she won't ever come back.

Alaska to mothball ferry; repair costs exceed budget
Photo courtesy of Shawn J. Dake.
Ellis # 3111
"Mt Si and Thompson's Cafe North
Bend, Wash
"
"Where we're from the birds sing a pretty song
and there's always music in the air."


Some fifty years after Ellis snapped this photo, this
very location would become internationally famous
as the "Double R Diner" in David Lynch and Mark
Frost's cult television show
Twin Peaks.

Looking at the photo, it is remarkable how little has
changed over the years.  "Thompson's" is now
"Twedes"  Even the building across the street
looks almost exactly as it does in this photo,
although now it appears to be an antique mall.

While it remained an icon for
Twin Peaks fans in
the decades after the show ended.  Proudly
proclaiming itself the home of
Twin Peaks cherry
pies, the cafe settled back into a more quiet
existence until twenty-five years after the show
ended the cameras rolled again  and the
picturesque cafe with Mount Si looming in the
background became home to the Double R diner
again for the
Twin Peaks reboot.

There is a lot to see in the North Bend area, and it
is well worth the stop off I-90 to explore.
The Mighty Chinook!
The forgotten mini-liner created by William Francis Gibbs looks massive in this photo taken in the 1940's, showing that perspective is everything.  In reality, the Chinook was a mere 310
feet in length--the same size as WSF's
Tillikum.  There was, however, a lot of style packed into that 310 feet.

Author's collection.
It won't be the first time the season...
Stormy weather has arrived, and will likely cause delays off and on through the fall and winter.
Ferry travellers face waits Saturday in aftermath of Friday
windstorm

The  Queen of Victoria  might have been delayed by storms...fifty years ago.  Author's collection.
Let's get Electric!
The plans are well underway to turn the Jumbo Mark II's into electric ferries.  WSF got some good news for
the completion of the project.


WSDOT secures new funding for cleaner, greener
ferries


The Tacoma and a gorgeous Seattle sunset.  Photo courtesy  Matt Masuoka.
The Quillayute...
It is hard to reconcile Sound Ferry Line's description of the Quillayute as "palatial" in their brochure from 1927, but it's possible that before she was reconditioned for service in
Canada--when this photo was taken--she was a little more plush than the spartan cabin seen above.
The remarkably long-lived ferry, scrapped in 2003, was one of the last of the Black Ball fleet.


A
uthor's collection.

FALL
** Standard disclaimer --may not be completely current due to
maintenance needs, etc.

Summer schedule runs from 29 September 2019 to 4
January 2020

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


ANACORTES - SIDNEY
CHELAN
(Route will be temporarily shut down from 12
November - 8 December due to lack of SOLAS vessels)

PORT TOWNSEND - KEYSTONE
KENNEWICK  or SALISH


MUKILTEO - CLINTON
SUQUAMISH
TOKITAE


EDMONDS - KINGSTON
WALLA WALLA
SPOKANE


SEATTLE - WINSLOW
(AKA Bainbridge Island)
TACOMA
WENATCHEE


SEATTLE - BREMERTON
KALEETAN
CHIMACUM


SOUTHWORTH -VASHON -
FAUNTLEROY

ISSAQUAH
CATHLAMET
SEALTH

POINT DEFIANCE -
TAHLEQUAH

CHETZEMOKA

IN THE YARD
ELWHA
KITTITAS
PUYALLUP
S
EALTH

RETIRED
KLAHOWYA
HYAK

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