These things never really worked all that
well anyway
...
Just ask B.C. Ferries. (Cough cough Fastcat cough cough. They're fast, expensive, and ultimately
impractical.)

Alaska Marine Highway accepting bids for fleet’s fast ferries

The Fairweather, about to be sold off. Courtesy of Guy deGouville.
Ellis # 945
"Mount Baker from Skyline Ridge"

Probably my second favorite volcano in the Cascade Range (the first going to Mount St.
Helens), Ellis seems to have been every bit as fond of the 10,778 foot peak as I am.

#945 is taken from the northern side of the mountain at Skyline Ridge, arguably the
less-photogenic side of the peak.  Most of the erosion Baker has suffered is on the
northern flank, and the volcano tends to present a more stately, conical profile from the
east, west and south.  Still, it's hard to take a bad photo of the mountain, regardless of how
weathered a particular flank may be.

The entire Mount Baker area is loaded with hiking trails of varying levels and is a
recreational paradise.  It's very much worth checking out any time of year.


You can find more about Skyline Divide here.
Limbo.
The port of Olympia would very much like to store a couple of vessels from the reserve fleet there.  Problem is, the Evergreen State is in the way.  The port is still waiting to hear back on
just if/when the former first ferry for Washington State can be sold off.  Meanwhile, she sits and waits...

The Evergreen State framed by autumn colors last month.  Courtesy of  Brandon Swan.

Always room for improvement...
Service levels at the best of times aren't always great, and customers want that to
change
.
BC Ferries faces calls for improved reliability on Swartz
Bay-Fulford Harbour route


The Island Aurora. Courtesy of Paul VanBukenhaut.
Because we needed this on top of
everything else...

It's a very good thing WSF crews are so highly trained.
Washington State Ferries say uptick in rescues is due
to pandemic


The Puyallup in pre-covid days.  Photo courtesy of Matt Masuoka.
The Empress of Britain  Redux (1930)

It would be remiss not to mention in the history of this great vessel
the artwork that Canadian Pacific commissioned to highlight their
new vessel.  Perhaps only second to the iconic poster of the
Normandie, the artistic flair afforded the Empress of Britain  created
memorable examples of Art Deco.  
***
She represented the apex of style, comfort and 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 liner.  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
CHIMACUM



SOUTHWORTH -VASHON -
FAUNTLEROY

KITTITAS
ISSAQUAH


POINT DEFIANCE -
TAHLEQUAH

CHETZEMOKA

IN THE YARD
SPOKANE
C
ATHLAMENT
SEALTH
KENNEWICK
TOKITAE


AWAITING DISPOSAL
ELWHA
KLAHOWYA
HYAK


Previous Day Room
Two of the many lovely posters the Empress of Britain.  The one on the left captures a very Art Deco flavor, while the
one on the right is grounded a little more in reality.
 Author's collection.