Official Number: D627507 Call Sign: WYQ9302 Length: 328' Beam: 78' 8'' Draft: 16' 6'' Auto Deck Clearance: 16' Horsepower: 5,000
Speed in Knots: 16 Max Passengers: 1200 Max Vehicles: 124 City Built: Seattle Year Built/Re-built: 1980 / 1990
Name Translation: Tribe of "shoal people" who lived along the shallow portion of the Yakima River near Ellensburg. A county and town are also named after the tribe.
The Kittitas en route to Edmonds after the Mukilteo dock was shut down for emergency repairs. Photo courtesy of Matt Masuoka.
| Second out of the yard at Marine Power and Equipment, the Kittitas arrived with little fanfare. She would, however, prove to be the most stable of the six, with little of the problems exhibited so spectacularly with her sister, Cathlamet.
In her early career the Kittitas wandered a bit. First sent to work on Hood Canal, she filled in on various routes, working the San Juan Islands in the summer. It wasn't long though before she was assigned to the Mukilteo-Clinton route, where she remains to this day, leaving only for maintenance periods.
The next to last Issaquah Class to have her interior refurbished, the ferry was long overdue for an upgrade when the photo was taken at left. The "rainbow" color of the Kit was yellow--a color that does not age particularly well.
After having her interior completely redone the Kittitas took her place back on the Mukilteo-Clinton run where she continues to work next to her sister Cathlamet.
|The darker, more muted tones of the Kittitas's cabin are not only easier to keep clean, but are far more pleasing to the eye. Mixed in with the deep blues and sea greens, the Kittitas ended up with one of the prettier cabin refurbishments. Photo courtesy of Khris LaPlante. The original rainbow color was mustard yellow. Mouse over for the original interior. Photos by the author.|
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