Nothing new here folks...
Given his past take on things, is anyone really surprised?.
Coastal lawmakers criticize Dunleavy’s ferry budget proposal

Yeah, that's the Wickersham.  Yes, she's long gone.  But I still liked her best.  Author's collection.
The Tacoma Hotel

"Occupying an entire city block on A Street, between South 9th and 10th Streets, the
Tacoma Hotel and grounds quickly gained a reputation as the grandest hotel north of
San Francisco. After a spectacular fire destroyed the hotel in 1935 the site was paved
and used for parking. A half century later, George and Jane Russell constructed a
custom granite building there. Today the site is occupied by State Farm Insurance,
which partially funded this exhibit." --Tacoma Historical Society.

Another one of Washington's great hotels lost to fire, the
Tacoma was (thankfully) fairly
well documented in postcards and photographs.
The "Mermaid Room" was the hotel's lobby, filled with dragons and artwork with an
Asian flair.  This hand-tinted postcard would indicate that it was finished in deep greens
and gold gilt.

Take a look
HERE at the Tacoma Historical Society's online exhibit of that beautiful,
now long gone building that once graced the Tacoma skyline.
You won't have Mukilteo to Kick Around Anymore...
..because it now has the newest terminal building in the system.
This should give you an idea of just how old the previous terminal was--this photo is so early into Washington State Ferry operations that the
Chetzemoka
is only half-painted--note her guards are still painted black and all her trim is Black Ball buff--only her smokestacks are WSF green!  
There had been some upgrades to it over the years, but it was basically the same and long past replacing.  The new, state-of-the-art terminal in addition to being
built to anticipate rising sea levels in Puget Sound has solar panels on the roof and provides its own power.

Author's collection.
Yikes and away!
Another new B.C. Ferry is launched half a world away.

BC Ferries' new LNG-fuelled Salish Class vessel enters water

The Queen of Surrey circa 1995.  Author's collection.
And here's what it looks like...
(Hint: I need a photo of the new terminal.)  But at least we're planning for the future.
You’ll be 2 feet higher when boarding the Mukilteo ferry

Artwork of the new terminal courtesy of WSDOT.
Laurentic (1927)--White Star Line's Oddball

She may have looked like a near sister to the Doric, but the Laurentic was a strange vessel
from the start.

Firstly, it seems she was ordered before her older near sister, but built four years later.   
She had a cruiser stern, but unlike the
Doric which was one of White Star Line's only turbine
vessels, the
Laurentic was built with the same propulsion system as the Olympic, built some
sixteen years earlier.  Most perplexing, at a time when the entire industry was either building
new vessels to burn oil or converting their older liners, the
Laurentic was fitted out to burn
coal.

The reason for these strange diversions?  She was built on the cheap.  White Star was
short on cash but needed new tonnage, so everything was done to make the intermediate
liners cost efficient in their construction.  The company still had grand plans for the 1000
foot super liner
Oceanic at this point, and wanted all fund going toward that.  That project
never happened, but the twin cabin class liners
Britannic (III) and Georgic (II) did get built.

Still, while built inexpensively, she was still a handsome ship, inside and out.  You can find
some interior postcards and a little more history on the vessel, one of White Star Line's last,
here.
COVID-19
Schedule
"Until further Notice"


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

ANACORTES - SIDNEY
Suspended until who knows when.

PORT TOWNSEND - KEYSTONE
(COUPEVILLE)
SALISH

MUKILTEO - CLINTON
(COLUMBIA BEACH)
TOKITAE
SUQUAMISH

EDMONDS - KINGSTON
WALLA WALLA
SPOKANE

SEATTLE - BAINBRIDGE ISLAND
(WINSLOW)
PUYALLUP
TACOMA

SEATTLE - BREMERTON
KALEETAN
CHIMACUM


SOUTHWORTH -VASHON -
FAUNTLEROY
KITTITAS
CATHLAMET

POINT DEFIANCE -
TAHLEQUAH
CHETZEMOKA

IN THE YARD
WENATCHEE
CATHLAMET
SA
MISH
KENNEWICK


AWAITING DISPOSAL
ELWHA
KLAHOWYA
HYAK


A nice RPPC of Laurentic when she was new. Author's collection.
(Previous Day Room)