MV Rhododendron Sept 22, 2008 21:32:08 GMT -8
Post by SS Shasta on Sept 22, 2008 21:32:08 GMT -8
Although I don't remember the Olympic working out at Port Townsend anytime after about 1989, when a plugged fuel line put her adrift for about four hours. Every time I went out there to get boat photos, it was always the Klickitat and Illahee. I think the fuel line incident pretty much put the Oly on WSF's restricted list if not the USCG's. The Olympic headed for Point Defiance not long after that, with the Hiyu going up to the inter-island slot.
I just checked my new article archives...Olympic appears to have last been on Port Townsend-Keystone in the summer of 1990. By fall of that year she was at Point Defiance-Tahlequah while work continued on the Rhody, which had been in mothballs since 1984. After the Rhody went in and out of service in 1991 the Oly filled in at Pt. Defiance until all the problems were fixed. She was officially mothballed in 1993.
Does WSF maintain a archive of vessel logs, etc? MV Olympic was definitely working Port Townsend-Keystone sometime during the summer of 1993 or 1994. She was working the route with MV Illahee, I believe. I had taken my father to Fort Casey to see some of the sites he worked on during World War II. We looked out over the bluff to see MV Olympic in the distance, heading towards Keystone. We were both very surprised. I suggested we try to ride her to Port Townsend. We drove down to the Keystone dock where a very nice ticket agent said we would not be able to make her next voyage, but if we waited until she returned, she would board our car first so we could get a "front row view." We did . I remember the voyage well because the ship smelled like fresh tar. A group of workers were on board re-taring her passenger cabin roof. It was a voyage never to be forgotten.