They where switching her out with the Spokane where the Spokane now sits at eagle harbor
the Spokane is now in Todd ship yards
According to the maintenance schedule, the Spokane is in for her Coast Guard Drydocking Credit and (don't hold me to this) replacing her 5-bladed prop with a 4-bladed one because of her excessive vibration.
Post by PeninsulaExplorer on Sept 2, 2016 21:29:06 GMT -8
Taken from the Washington State Ferries weekly bulletin:
"On Friday Aug.19, during the afternoon Seattle to Bremerton commute, Captain Dave Frombach saw a small motorboat in the commercial shipping lane with two young men paddling feverishly to get out of the ferry's way. Captain Frombach immediately stopped the 440-foot ferry, announced to the passengers there was a vessel in need, and called out to the boaters to ask if they needed assistance. They had already called for help and were in good condition, but had run out of gas. The two men were amazed by the captain's kindness and his willingness to stop on such a busy day. The story was covered on Sunday night by Q13 Fox. I wish to thank Captain Frombach and the whole Walla Walla crew for being such professionals and for your dedication to the maritime community! "
Q13 Fox posted the Walla Walla as a foot ferry. Found it kind of funny.
Post by PeninsulaExplorer on Jul 18, 2016 20:37:43 GMT -8
I was scouring through the Washington State Ferry contracts and I noticed one on the Sanpoil. It said that it was going to for drydocking and the contract was awarded to Dakota Creek Industries. How is that going to work? Are a few employees coming out, or is the vessel going to get driven to the facility in Anacortes?
"ferry story" by Micheal S. (Can't quite recall his last name?) Michael Skalley is the name of the author.
I think this is the route the Kittitas made her inaugural voyge on after the barges. It might be. By the way, on the same day the ISSAQUAH celebrated her first birthday by bashing Fauntleroy on December 29, 1980, the KITTITAS did the same, but with lesser damage, to Lofall on the Canal. I was at the Eagle Harbor VMC that day touring the retired VASHON. The staff there were being assembled to go to Lofall to fix the dock that afternoon. It was a traffic circus that evening at the Seattle waterfront with cars going to four destinations rather than two.
"It was a traffic circus that evening at the Seattle waterfront with cars going to four destinations rather than two."
Knowing on that particular evening that those destinations were Bremerton, Winslow, and Vashon; was that fourth destination to South Point?
Yes, and it made the news, albeit a day late. Anderson Islanders are not happy.
Anderson Island residents fear ferry problems will leave them stranded BY KEITH ELDRIDGE FRIDAY, MARCH 4TH 2016
ANDERSON ISLAND, Wash. -- Folks living on Anderson Island say they're fearful they're going to be stranded again by the county-run ferry service.
Last Monday both ferries were out of service. One is still out for repairs, which means the shutdown could happen again.
Anderson Island is a welcoming place and seeing the ferry arriving was a welcome sight for the 1,500 residents here. The Christine Anderson pulled into the Anderson Island ferry terminal after being delayed Thursday morning.
On Monday neither of the two Pierce County ferries showed up -- both out of service, said Island resident Steven King,
"So therefore we were stranded on the island all day long," said Island resident Steven King.
King and many of the island residents are angry with the ferry operators. The backup ferry was still in for a month's long repair and Monday morning the primary ferry lost steering.
"Breakdowns and stuff are just continuous. Monday I missed a doctor's appointment and a business appointment," said Beverly Papazian, island resident.
Ferry administrator Deb Wallace said she and her team feel for impacted residents.
"We know how inconvenient this is. We don't take it lightly," she said. "Nothing we could do about it. The timing couldn't have been worse."
Island resident George Theofelis said it's just part of island life.
"If you live on an island you have to go with the flow. I don't get angry with the ferry system," he said.
Those trying to promote life on the island say the timing was tough, with visitors wondering about the ferry dependability.
"It's pretty hard to get people to invest in Anderson Island when you can't even get here," said Island resident John Baird.
Still others say it's best to just "Sit back and enjoy the serenity."
"Even when you're stuck it's nice to stay on the island. Work from home or whatever, so it's not that big a deal I don't think," said Chris Cornell.
But there's a real air of uncertainty for the next few days as the back-up boat waits for parts to get fixed. Should the primary boat have trouble folks will get stranded again. It almost happened Thursday morning with one engine going out. But the Coast Guard allowed them sail with the other engine.
Due to necessary repairs on a vessel down-Sound, vessel repositioning has been postponed. The 87-vehicle Tillikum will remain on the interisland route until further notice. Updates on future boat move operations will be provided when information is made available.
No mention on which vessel needs repairs.
The Chetzemoka. The Salish is now on Point Defiance-Tahlequah.