Official Number: D1061309 Call Sign: WCY3378 Length: 460' 2'' Beam: 90' Draft: 17' 3'' Auto Deck Clearance: 16' Horsepower: 13,200 Speed in Knots: 18
Max Passengers: 2500 Max Vehicles: 202 City Built: Seattle, WA Year Built/Re-built: 1998
Name Translation: From the Yakima word wenatchi for "river flowing from canyon." When Lewis and Clark traveled through the Columbia River valley in 1803-1805, they mentioned the
word Wenatchee in their journal, hearing of the river and the tribe living along its banks. A city, lake, river, and national forest are also named after the tribe.
The Olympic Mountains making a perfect backdrop, the Wenatchee arrives in Seattle in May 2013. Photo by Guy de Gouville.
|The uppermost deck of the Mark II's has a small room for additional passenger capacity. Often
referred to by commuters as the "reading room" or "library" you'll often find the room filled with people,
but very quiet as they are either reading, writing, or napping. Photo by the author.
|Ferry accident Hollywood style.
For an episode of Grey's Anatomy the Wenatchee was chosen for a highly melodramatic and very unlikely situation involving an accident between a ferry and
a freighter. Aside from the ridiculous premise of putting the burning end of the ferry into the dock, the show had things on fire which couldn't possibly burn
and damage completely inconsistent with the type of accident they were describing. The images shown were inconsistent with the storyline, portions of Colman
Dock appeared and disappeared as needs dictated, impractical modifications were made to the ferry, and the scenario itself was all but unthinkable.
Crew members were notably absent from the episode, the state still gun-shy about the depiction of WSF staff after the completely unfair treatment they
received at the hands of the television show Emergency! decades earlier.
While it made for good television, locals and ferry fans howled with laughter and the inaccurate modifications and the reappearing/disappearing fence
around Colman Dock so needed to knock a main character into the water that otherwise wouldn't have been able to happen. That is, however, why they call it
"artistic license." Photos courtesy of ABC.