Stunning photography! Thanks so much for posting!
Ferries, Ferries, and still more Ferries
Posted 05 September 2017 - 01:08 PM
I just booked my passage on the 1967-built MV Hyak from Orcas Island to Anacortes to attend the 2017 AU Gathering. The ferries do not connect with the train to Portland in the morning, so I have to go to the mainland the night before.
It has been a rough summer for ferries in the San Juan Islands. One of our 50-year-old ferries went down right at the same time that the fleet's spare vessel was also out of commission. This resulted in several cancellations, including one of two daily international sailings from Anacortes to Sidney, BC. And at another time this summer, our brand-new MV Samish experienced engine problems and was out of commission for a week.
For those not familiar with Washington State Ferries, "Washington State Ferries operates the largest ferry fleet in the United States. 23 ferries cross Puget Sound and its inland waterways, carrying over 23 million passengers. From Tacoma, Washington, to Sidney, British Columbia, we travel up and down the Sound, acting as a marine highway for commercial users, tourists and daily commuters alike."
Post edited to add picture of MV Yakima as seen from MV Hyak.
Edited by Maglev, 02 October 2017 - 01:07 AM.
Posted 02 October 2017 - 12:55 AM
This is the Pierce County, Washington, ferry at Steilacoom, as seen from Amtrak Cascades train 516 (sorry about the glare):
Posted 08 October 2017 - 07:19 AM
Edited by NS VIA Fan, 08 October 2017 - 08:05 AM.
Posted 08 October 2017 - 07:58 AM
"..My heart is warm with the friends I make,and better friends I'll not be knowing,
Yet there isn't a train I wouldn't take,No matter where its going!.." -Edna St. Vincent Millay
Posted 08 October 2017 - 08:55 AM
Fabulous shots, and especially appreciated the history....
I still have to wonder why they couldn't have widened that tunnel to allow vehicular use? I suppose they would have had a huge expense, and probably had to lengthen it as well for a manageable grade...it probably was simply not cost-effective for the amount of traffic that would use it....probably would have eliminated the Center Island and Ward's Island ferries, as well....
okay on the blue!
Posted 08 October 2017 - 10:09 AM
Edited by NS VIA Fan, 08 October 2017 - 10:09 AM.
Posted 08 October 2017 - 01:07 PM
That's what I thought...perhaps they could have built a vehicular crossing at the Ward's Island end?
But again probably not cost-effective, and I suppose some residing on the islands would not have wanted it, anyway....
okay on the blue!
Posted 03 December 2017 - 07:24 AM
The new passenger & vehicles ferries have arrived and will enter service next spring between Saint-Pierre & Miquelon and Fortune, Newfoundland.
Previously they used a passenger only fast ferry and cars were barged across. Look at some of these European models with their SPM plates on the wharf at Fortune.
Saint-Pierre & Miquelon is a Territory "Collectivité" of France located about 20 miles off the south coast of Newfoundland. The islands might be in North America but the local currency in the Euro and the food and wine.....excellent!
Next year you will be able to 'drive to France' in an hour with a new ferry connection between Fortune, Newfoundland and Saint Pierre.
Until now....the ferry has been passenger only, no vehicles:
Posted 14 December 2017 - 11:12 PM
Sounds great, but it would be nice if the Marine Atlantic Argentia ferry could make a call there along its route...I suppose it would be too big for the dock there....
That would really open up those islands to tourism....
okay on the blue!
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