At least someone seems to get it...


Galvin: Ferries are a lifeline, like the Lower 48’s interstate
highways


Ah, Taku, we still miss you.  From the author's collection.
Ellis # 3481
"Sunrise at Lenoir's on Lake Crescent, WN"

Ellis found Lake Crescent to be a favorite subject, taking many
photos of the very deep, quiet lake, some of which, like this one,
are...kind of on the spooky side.

While beautiful, the lake itself has kind of a spooky vibe.  It is, as
said, very deep  (over 500 feet) surrounded by deep forests in
an area not tremendously populated.

The lake became memorable for the story of the "Lady of the
Lake" , 1937 murder victim Hallie Illingworth whose weighted
down body turned into soap, the missing couple Russell and
Blanch Warren who disappeared in 1929, not to be found until
73 years later, still in their car at the bottom of the lake in 160
feet of water.

More recently, serial killer Israel Keys confessed to having
dumped a body in the lake.  Local agents with the FBI wanted to
find the victim, but headquarters in D.C. deemed the search for
the unknown victim as "too expensive."

You can find more about the lake
here.
Ah, autumn!
You've probably seen the footage of a waves breaking over the bow of the Chelan, which really aren't that all big for what *can* happen in the San Juan Islands in particular.  Fall arrived
extra fast this year, with a storm on the 25th of September that had gusts up to 60 MPH in the islands.  Just a reminder that things can get rough, and now is a good time to prepare for the
winter weather.
The Chelan in calm waters back in August.  Courtesy of  Brandon Swan.

Wait... isn't there a pandemic on?
Transport Canada doesn't seem to care, and people aren't happy about it.
Ban on staying in vehicle on enclosed ferry decks focuses on
wrong risk


The Queen of Sidney back in 1978. Author's collection.
Go to Jail! Go directly to jail! Do not
pass Go...
Seems that nothing is easy for the poor old Evergreen State these days, and that nobody wants the
66-year-old former ferry.

Retired Evergreen State Ferry Arrested by the Port of
Olympia

The Evergreen State at the Port of Olympia, where she's been lounging around the last couple of years.  Photo
courtesy of Matt Masuoka.
Loveliest of all: The Empress of Britain  (1930)

She represented the apex of style, comfort an design for Canadian Pacific's
trans-Atlantic liners, and she would sadly, have an all-too brief career and
end up as a footnote for being the largest liner sunk by a U-Boat and the
largest liner sunk during WWII.

Designed to be the largest and most luxurious ship between the United
Kingdom and Canada, the ship went into service in the spring of 1931.  A
dual purpose ship from the start, when the St. Lawrence River froze over in
the winter months the
Empress of Britain would spend the time doing
cruises.

After an initial successful start, the ship became more and more affected by
the deepening Depression, ultimately becoming CP's least profitable liners.  
As the economy recovered and passenger traffic increased, war broke out
in Europe and the ship was called up for duty for use as a troop ship.

She was sunk of the coast of Ireland on 26 October, 1940, with a loss of 45
lives.

You can read a more detailed history
here.
COVID-19
Schedule
"Until further Notice"


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

ANACORTES - SIDNEY
Suspended until who knows when.

PORT TOWNSEND -
KEYSTONE
SALISH


MUKILTEO - CLINTON
KITSAP
SUQUAMISH

EDMONDS - KINGSTON
WALLA WALLA
PUYALLUP

SEATTLE - WINSLOW
(AKA Bainbridge Island)
WENATCHEE
TACOMA

SEATTLE - BREMERTON
KALEETAN


SOUTHWORTH -VASHON -
FAUNTLEROY
CATHLAMET
ISSAQUAH

POINT DEFIANCE -
TAHLEQUAH
CHETZEMOKA

IN THE YARD
SPOKANE
KITTITAS
CHIMACUM
SEALTH
KENNEWICK
TOKITAE

RETIRED
ELWHA
KLAHOWYA
HYAK

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The France in her final year of service, 1932.  She had nice lines, was noted for her cuisine...and her tendency
to roll, even in calm seas. Author's collection.