Walla Walla approaching Edmonds ferry terminal
|Route||Edmonds – Kingston, Washington|
|Carries||Washington State Route 104|
|Authority||Washington State Ferries (1951-present).|
|Travel time||approx. 30 minutes (2018)|
|Connections at Edmonds|
|SR 104 / SR 524|
|Connections at Kingston|
The Edmonds–Kingston ferry is a ferry route across Puget Sound between Edmonds and Kingston, Washington. Since 1951 the only ferries employed on the route have belonged to the Washington state ferry system, currently the largest ferry system in the United States. The last regularly operated steam ferry on the West Coast of the United States made its final run on this route in 1969.
After 1951, the main ferry on the route was the MV Nisqually (capacity: 616 passengers; 59 automobiles), with the steam ferry Shasta operating as a reserve boat. Other ferries used on the route were the Klahanie, the steam ferry San Mateo, and the Evergreen-class motor ferry MV Evergreen State (capacity: 981 passengers, 87 autos).
In 1968 the Evergreen-class ferry MV Tillikum (capacity: 1,200 passengers, 87 autos) was assigned as the regular boat on the route. On Labor Day 1969, the San Mateo became the last steam ferry on the West Coast of the United States to run a regular route.
Both terminals at Edmonds and Kingston are equipped with overhead passenger loading. Edmonds is equipped with one vehicle slip, while Kingston is equipped with two. There is also a passenger only dock at Kingston. It was previously used for the Soundrunner, a passenger only fast-ferry service to Seattle that the Port of Kingston operated between Fall 2010 and Fall 2012. The dock is scheduled to be utilized again starting in July 2018 when Kitsap Transit will resume passenger only fast-ferry service to Seattle.
The Kingston terminal has an extra slip for a spare boat, which was regularly used for a third vessel until the 1970s. In recent years, the spare slip has been used when three vessel service is in place on the Edmonds-Kingston route, usually due to reduced vessel capacity or the suspension of an adjacent run. The spare slip has also been used for storage of vessels when all the slips at the Eagle Harbor maintenance facility are full.
The normal vessels assigned to the route are the Jumbo Mark II class MV Puyallup and Jumbo class MV Spokane. The MV Walla Walla is normally assigned as a replacement vessel during maintenance periods. Should multiple larger vessels be unavailable, Super or Olympic class vessels may be assigned to the Edmonds-Kingston ferry.
- "Sailing Schedule for Edmonds / Kingston". Washington State Ferries. Retrieved September 27, 2015.
- Demoro, Harre, The Evergreen Fleet, at pages 57-63.
- Friedrich, Ed (September 28, 2012). "Kingston Port retires SoundRunner ferry service". Kitsap Sun. Retrieved June 7, 2017.
- "Kitsap Transit Fast Ferries". Retrieved June 7, 2017.
- Demoro, Harre, The Evergreen Fleet – A Pictoral History of Washington State Ferries, Golden West Books, San Marino CA (1971) ISBN 0-87095-037-1
- Kline, Mary S., and Bayless, G.A., Ferryboats -- A Legend on Puget Sound, Bayless Books, Seattle, WA (1983) ISBN 0-914515-00-4
- Newell, Gordon, R., ed., H.W. McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest, Superior Publishing, Seattle, WA (1966)