|Return of the Elwha...
In what sounds like a bad horror flick, the Elwha resumed duties on the International run between Anacortes and Sidney. The top-heavy, piggishly fuel-thirsty Elwha, which often from late October on sails with totals of fourteen cars round trip, seems a poor choice for the much-less traveled fall schedule. If Washington State Ferries was serious about saving money, you would think they would develop a maintenance/sailing schedule that would keep the fuel-efficient Chelan on the route. The much-altered ferry still makes for a excellent subject for photographers, as this beautiful shot by Brandon Swan shows.
|Death of a Queen...
The Queen of Saanich, languishing in B.C. waters since being retired and sold, made her way to the breakers in September. Becoming the Alang of the West Coast, the Ensenda Shipyard has broken up the Steel Electrics and to date three of B.C. Ferries old vessels. Author's collection.
| Closing of the Century 21 Exposition...
The fair closed on 21 October, 1962 after seeing close to ten million visitors.
While many of the structures for the fair were torn down (demolition began in November of 1962) many of the buildings remain--most notable the monorail, the Science Pavilion (now known as the Pacific Science Center) the Food Circus, (now the Armory) , the Coliseum (now known as Key Arena) and, perhaps most famous of all, the Space Needle, which has become Seattle's most recognizable icon.
The fair is long gone, and the grounds have undergone many dramatic changes over the years, but Seattle Center still attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.
Subject to change at any time/ Reflect assigned routes and may not be the current situation!
ANACORTES-SAN JUAN ISLANDS:
SAN JUAN INTERISLAND:
Salish (until mid-October)
|The Old Port Townsend dock...
didn't look exactly sturdy when this photo was taken of the ferry Defiance approaching back in 1968. The dock still stands in the center of downtown, last used for filming a sequence in the film Snow Falling on Cedars.
Photo courtesy of Brandon Moser
|Matanuska, showing her age a bit...
Like many other state-owned ferry systems, the Alaska Marine Highway's fleet is starting to show its age. One of the original members of the fleet, the Matanuska, is in need of replacing soon as her 50th year in service approaches. Photo courtesy of Brandon Swan
|Answer for September
DAY ROOM ARCHIVES
Late January/Feb 2012
|The Klahowya joins the fleet...
...but not before getting a final coat of paint, which has not been applied yet in this photo. The Klahowya is show here undergoing final touches back in 1958. The ferry has been suffering from mechincal issues of late, as her WWII era generators have started showing thier age. Author's collection.
|Mystery Ferry For September...
Rebuilt from the steamer Elk, the Airline ended her days on Lake Union as the Fremont Boat Market.
Mystery ferry for October
Ahead of her near sisters in many ways in her auto carrying capacity, this ferry was considered less glamorous than her more well-remembered sibilings.
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