Post by Steve Rosenow on Feb 3, 2011 1:08:07 GMT -8
Took a recent crossing on the MV Walla Walla from Seattle to Bremerton, and here's the pix. This was the return leg of a day I spent riding the ferry from Bremerton to Seattle. The ferry I took to get over to Bremerton was the MV Kaleetan, and those pix are coming up shortly.
MV Walla Walla by srosenow_98, on Flickr I think they were doing some sort of USCG inspection/drill or something. They sat at the dock nearly 20 minutes empty, ten of which they spent deploying that rescue craft.
Post by Steve Rosenow on Feb 8, 2011 7:39:18 GMT -8
Got a few night shots!
Thought I wasn't gonna be able to pull these off. I was in Shelton (about an hour away) a mere hour and a half before and it was raining rather heavily, which means if it is raining in Shelton, it must be raining in Bremerton... Anywho, upon arrival, I discovered that while the pavement was still freshly wet, it was clearing up and the rain had stopped.
Just in time for me to get there, and witness the arrival of the MV Walla Walla.
It came in hot and heavy to the dock under police escort, too. Two Kitsap County sheriff vessels escorted the Walla Walla to the dock, and on the bus terminal were scores of aid/fire units. Apparently a passenger had a medical emergency aboard the Walla Walla at some point in the crossing.
And a departing photo for the 7:55PM departure. This was taken immediately prior to the raising of the slip ramp. It left with an extremely light load. Only the two center "tunnel" lanes were used, and even then only half the full length of the vessel. No side or upper galley decks were used at all.
The M.V. Kalakala approaching Colman Dock and the current Seattle Skyline.
Post by Steve Rosenow on Mar 3, 2011 2:05:20 GMT -8
Grabbed a couple new shots of the Walla Walla today. Haven't had much time to get good shots because we've had real inclement weather here recently.
These were taken from Bachmann Park, a small waterfront park at the foot of Manette Heights not far from the Bremerton ferry terminal. It was extremely windy where I was taking these, not to mention very cold!
Why I seem to almost always get the Walla Walla, I don't know. I'd really like some more time to explore the Spokane. It's a 50/50 shot on what boat it is (without looking at the vessel placement), and I have hit the Walla Walla 3 of the last 4 trips between Kingston and Edmonds. The times that I would have been on the Spokane in the past, it always seems to be out of service and replaced by the Walla Walla. Either that, or I get onto the Puyallup. Anyways, here's the WW this evening on the 19:40 from Edmonds IMG_4922 by zargoman, on Flickr
The newspaper notice for the Wally was just posted...looks like she's going to be out for the bulk of summer, from July 13th (right when the Tacoma is due back from her interior rehab) until October.
This will put the Kitsap and probably the Kaleetan on the Bremerton run for the bulk of the summer season.
It looks like the WW will look like the Spokane in regards to the doors and upper deck outdoor seating. It's just strange to see the green doors and green seats on a non Jumbo Mk II boat.
Got called in to Clinton today and just so happened to get the WW again...that's 4 of 5. I do have to say that one thing I really like about the WWs interior is the ability to dampen noise. I'm sitting in the No 1 end open area and cannot hear people that are talking across the boat. That's a good thing. Does anybody know what causes so much noise under the deck on the bow of the boat? It always sounds like something is under there thrashing around and making a bunch of noise and vibrations. I've heard it many times before, but never really payed too much attention. It sounds like there is some sort of chain hanging off the prop and it's smacking the side of the boat every go around.
Last Edit: Jun 28, 2011 13:37:00 GMT -8 by zargoman