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Encyclopedia > Washington State Ferries

The U.S. state of Washington runs the largest fleet of passenger and automobile ferries in the United States and the third largest in the world. The system, known as Washington State Ferries, serves communities on Puget Sound and in the San Juan Islands. The ferry system is operated by the Washington State Department of Transportation. Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  US Government Portal      A U.S. state is any one of the fifty subnational entities of... For the capital city of the United States, see Washington, D.C.. For other uses, see Washington (disambiguation). ... “Car” and “Cars” redirect here. ... The ferryboat Dongan Hills, filled with commuters, about to dock at a New York City pier, circa 1945. ... For other uses, see World (disambiguation). ... Puget Sound For the university in this region, see University of Puget Sound. ... One of the San Juan islands The San Juan Islands are a part of the San Juan Archipelago in the northwest corner of the continental United States. ... The Washington State Department of Transportation, or WSDOT, led by a Secretary and overseen by the Governor, is a Washington governmental agency that constructs, maintains, and regulates the use of the states transportation infrastructure. ...


The ferry system has its origins in the "Mosquito Fleet", a collection of small steamer lines serving the Puget Sound area during the later part of the nineteenth century and early part of the 20th century. By the beginning of the 1930s, two lines remained: the Puget Sound Navigation Company (known as the Black Ball Line) and the Kitsap County Transportation Company. A strike in 1935 forced the KCTC to close, leaving only the Black Ball Line. The term Mosquito Fleet has had four main meanings in U.S. naval history: It is the term used to describe the United States Navys fleet of small gunboats, leading up to and during the War of 1812. ... (19th century - 20th century - 21st century - more centuries) Decades: 1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s As a means of recording the passage of time, the 20th century was that century which lasted from 1901–2000 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar (1900–1999... The 1930s (years from 1930–1939) were described as an abrupt shift to more radical and conservative lifestyles, as countries were struggling to find a solution to the Great Depression, also known as the World Depression. ... The Puget Sound Navigation Company (PSNC) operated a fleet of ferries on Puget Sound and the Strait of Georgia in British Columbia and Washington as Black Ball Line. ...

A Washington State Ferry arrives in Downtown Seattle.

Toward the end of the 1940s the Black Ball Line wanted to increase its fares, to compensate for increased wage demands from the ferry workers' unions, but the state refused to allow this, and so the Black Ball Line shut down. In 1951, the state bought substantially all of Black Ball's ferry assets for $5 million. The state intended to run ferry service only until cross-sound bridges could be built, but these were never approved, and the Washington Department of Transportation runs the system to this day. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Downtown Seattle, from top of Space Needle (looking south) Map of downtown Seattle Downtown is a neighborhood in Seattle, Washington. ... The 1940s decade ran from 1940 to 1949. ... A trade union or labor union is an organization of workers. ...

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Fleet

The Washington State ferry Hyak in Rich Passage heading to Bremerton, WA.
The Washington State ferry Hyak in Rich Passage heading to Bremerton, WA.

As of 2007, there are 28 ferries on Puget Sound and one on the Columbia River. The largest vessels in this fleet carry up to 2500 passengers and 202 vehicles. They are painted in a distinctive white and green trim paint scheme, and feature double-ended open vehicle decks and bridges at each end so that they don't need to turn around. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 532 pixelsFull resolution‎ (3,008 × 2,000 pixels, file size: 2. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 532 pixelsFull resolution‎ (3,008 × 2,000 pixels, file size: 2. ... The Hyak is a Super Class ferry in the Washington State Ferry System. ...


Ferry classes and names are:

The Jumbo Mark II Class ferries were built for Washington State Ferries between 1997 and 1999 at Todd Pacific Shipyards in Seattle. ... The Puyallup is a Jumbo Mark II Class ferry in the Washington State Ferry System. ... The Tacoma is a Jumbo Mark II Class ferry in the Washington State Ferry System. ... The Wenatchee is a Jumbo Mark II Class ferry in the Washington State Ferry System. ... The Jumbo Class ferries were built by Washington State Ferries in 1973 to supersede the Super Class ferry. ... The Spokane is a Jumbo Class ferry in the Washington State Ferry System. ... The Walla Walla is a Jumbo Class ferry in the Washington State Ferry System. ... Super class vessel Yakima The Super Class ferries were built by Washington State Ferries in 1967 to supplement the Evergreen State Class ferry. ... The Elwha is a Super Class ferry in the Washington State Ferry System. ... The Hyak is a Super Class ferry in the Washington State Ferry System. ... The Kaleetan is a Super Class ferry in the Washington State Ferry System. ... The Yakima is a Super Class ferry in the Washington State Ferry System. ... The Issaquah 130 Class ferries were originally built as the Issaquah 100 Class and later upgraded to a 130 car capacity. ... The Cathlamet is a Issaquah 130 Class ferry in the Washington State Ferry System. ... The Chelan is a Issaquah 130 Class ferry in the Washington State Ferry System. ... The Issaquah is a Issaquah 130 Class ferry in the Washington State Ferry System. ... M/V Kitsap (1925) was an earlier Washington ferry with the same name. ... The Kittitas is a Issaquah 130 Class ferry in the Washington State Ferry System. ... The Issaquah 100 Class ferries were built as the Issaquah Class for the Washington State Ferries in the early 1980s. ... The Sealth is the sole Issaquah 100 Class ferry in the Washington State Ferry System. ... The Evergreen State Class ferries were built by the Puget Sound Dredge and Bridge Company for Washington State Ferries beginning in 1953. ... The Evergreen State is an Evergreen State Class ferry in the Washington State Ferry System. ... The Klahowya is an Evergreen State Class ferry in the Washington State Ferry System. ... The Tillikum is an Evergreen State Class ferry in the Washington State Ferry System. ... The Steel Electric Class ferries became part of the Washington State Ferry System when Puget Sound Navigation Company was acquired in 1951. ... The Steel Electric Class ferries became part of the Washington State Ferry System when Puget Sound Navigation Company was acquired in 1951. ... The Illahee is a Steel Electric Class ferry in the Washington State Ferry System. ... The Klickitat is a Steel Electric Class ferry in the Washington State Ferry System. ... The Nisqually is a Steel Electric Class ferry in the Washington State Ferry System. ... The Quinault is a Steel Electric Class ferry in the Washington State Ferry System. ... The Rhododendron is the sole Rhododendron Class ferry in the Washington State Ferry System. ... The Hiyu was originally built in 1967 in Portland, Oregon to replace the ageing Skansonia on the Point Defiance-Tahlequah run. ... The Passenger-Only Fast Ferry Class ferries were built by Dakota Creek Industries in Anacortes, Washington for Washington State Ferries beginning in 1998. ... The Chinook is a Passenger-Only Fast Ferry in the Washington State Ferry System. ... The Snohomish is a Passenger-Only Fast Ferry in the Washington State Ferry System of the United States. ... The Skagit/Kalama Class ferries are high-speed passenger vessels built for Washington State Ferries in 1989. ... The Kalama is a Skagit/Kalama Class ferry in the Washington State Ferry System. ... The Skagit is a Skagit/Kalama Class ferry in the Washington State Ferry System. ...

Routes

Washington State Ferry Nisqually with Orcas Island in the background.
Washington State Ferry Nisqually with Orcas Island in the background.

From 1993 to the early 2000s a passenger-only service ran from Bremerton to Seattle. It was shut down because of limited profitability and because of continued lawsuits of residents living on the waterway used by the ferry to prevent the high-speed ferries built for the run from running at their full speed. The slower speed made the crossing time similar or equal to the auto ferry operating on the same route, making the passenger-only service redundant. Vashon Island to Seattle is the only passenger-only service currently[1] operated by Washington State Ferries. Taken by me, May 2004 File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Taken by me, May 2004 File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... The Nisqually is a Steel Electric Class ferry in the Washington State Ferry System. ... Orcas Island is the largest of the San Juan Islands in San Juan County, Washington. ... Downtown Seattle, from top of Space Needle (looking south) Map of downtown Seattle Downtown is a neighborhood in Seattle, Washington. ... Sinclair Inlet and Puget Sound Naval Shipyard (left), Dyes Inlet (middle distance) and Manette and Warren Avenue Bridges (left to right) across Port Washington Narrows Bremerton is a city in Kitsap County, Washington, USA. The population was 37,259 at the 2000 census. ... Downtown Seattle, from top of Space Needle (looking south) Map of downtown Seattle Downtown is a neighborhood in Seattle, Washington. ... Bainbridge Island is an island in Puget Sound, and is an incorporated city in Kitsap County, Washington, United States. ... Southworth is a community on Puget Sound in unincorporated Kitsap County, Washington. ... Vashon Island is Puget Sounds largest island south of Admiralty Inlet. ... Fauntleroy, Seattle, Washington is a neighborhood in the southwest corner of the Seattle city limits. ... West Seattle West Seattle, a hilly district in Seattle, Washington, encompasses all of Seattle west of the Duwamish River. ... Nickname: Location of Tacoma in Pierce County and Washington State Coordinates: , Country State County Pierce Government  - Mayor Bill Baarsma (D) Area  - City  62. ... Tahlequah is a community on the southern end of Vashon Island in Puget Sound, Washington state. ... Clinton is a census-designated place and village located on south Whidbey Island in Island County, Washington. ... Mukilteo (pronounced ) is a city located in Snohomish County, Washington. ... Edmonds is a city in Snohomish County, Washington, United States. ... Kingston (formerly AppleTree Cove) is a census-designated place (CDP) in Kitsap County, Washington, United States. ... Keystone is a small unincorporated community on Whidbey Island near the Washington State Ferries dock to Port Townsend, in Island County. ... Port Townsend is a city located in Jefferson County, Washington. ... View of the downtown and marina of Anacortes, from the east Anacortes (pronounced ) is a city in Skagit County, Washington, USA. The name Anacortes comes from Annie Curtis, the maiden name of early settler Amos Bowmans wife. ... Lopez Island is the third largest of the U.S. San Juan Islands, and the first stop of four on the Washington State Ferries San Juan Islands run. ... Shaw Island (Interactive topo map) Shaw Island is the smallest of the San Juan Islands served by the Washington State Ferries. ... Orcas Island is the largest of the San Juan Islands in San Juan County, Washington. ... Cars at the entrance to the ferry dock at Friday Harbor. ... A forest on San Juan Island San Juan Island is the second-largest and most populous of the San Juan Islands in northwestern Washington, USA. Washington State Ferries serves Friday Harbor, which is San Juan Islands major population center, the San Juan County seat, and the only incorporated town... View of the downtown and marina of Anacortes, from the east Anacortes (pronounced ) is a city in Skagit County, Washington, USA. The name Anacortes comes from Annie Curtis, the maiden name of early settler Amos Bowmans wife. ... Sidney is a town located at the northern end of the Saanich Peninsula, on Vancouver Island in the Canadian province of British Columbia. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... This article is about the first decade of the 21st century. ... Sinclair Inlet and Puget Sound Naval Shipyard (left), Dyes Inlet (middle distance) and Manette and Warren Avenue Bridges (left to right) across Port Washington Narrows Bremerton is a city in Kitsap County, Washington, USA. The population was 37,259 at the 2000 census. ... Vashon Island is Puget Sounds largest island south of Admiralty Inlet. ... Seattle redirects here. ...


Other ferries

Main article: Ferries in Washington State

There are several other publicly operated, private, and passenger-only ferries in Washington state. Washington State is home to a number of public and private ferry systems, most notably the state-run Washington State Ferries. ...

Washington State Ferry Tacoma
Washington State Ferry Tacoma

ImageMetadata File history File links Download high resolution version (1678x1119, 1115 KB) Summary I took this pic in the summer of 05 from a harbor tour boat. ... ImageMetadata File history File links Download high resolution version (1678x1119, 1115 KB) Summary I took this pic in the summer of 05 from a harbor tour boat. ... The Tacoma is a Jumbo Mark II Class ferry in the Washington State Ferry System. ...

Subculture

As the largest fleet in operation in the United States, the Washington state system is substantial enough to have generated significant political issues, labor activism, and even its own minor subculture.


See also

Washington State is home to a number of public and private ferry systems, most notably the state-run Washington State Ferries. ... The Alaska Marine Highway or the Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) is a ferry service that is operated by the government of the state of Alaska in the United States. ... British Columbia Ferry Services Inc. ... The Puget Sound Navigation Company (PSNC) operated a fleet of ferries on Puget Sound and the Strait of Georgia in British Columbia and Washington as Black Ball Line. ...

References

  1. ^ as of October 2005

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Washington State Ferries - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (694 words)
Washington state maintains the largest fleet of passenger and auto ferries in the United States and the third largest in the world.
Washington State Ferry Nisqually with Orcas Island in the background.
As the largest fleet in operation in the United States, the Washington state system is substantial enough to have generated significant political issues, labor activism, and even its own minor subculture, as exemplified by this humorous poem penned by a long-time employee:
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WSF is in various stages of implementing those recommendations that focus on elements of improved risk reduction and emergency response.
WSF has made on-time performance a fleet priority, but we are just beginning to get the necessary technology in place to capture and analyze this data in the same fashion as schedule completion.
And ferry transportation is as vital now as it was 100 years ago when the mosquito fleet first plied the waters of Washington state.
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