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.
A lovely twilight photo of the Kittitas, captured by Guy de Gouville in 2013.
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 ferry to have her
interior refurbished, the ferry was long overdue for
an upgrade (mouse over for the original interior
photos.) The "rainbow" color of the Kit was yellow--a
color that didn't 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. This summer (2014) the Kittitas will have
a new running mate as the Olympic Class ferry
Tokitae is destined for the Mukilteo-Clinton route.
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. Photo by the author.