Edmonds–Kingston ferry

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Edmonds–Kingston ferry
Walla Walla WSF ferry.jpg
Walla Walla approaching Edmonds ferry terminal
WaterwayPuget Sound
RouteEdmondsKingston, Washington
CarriesWA-104.svg Washington State Route 104
AuthorityWashington State Ferries (1951-present).
Travel timeapprox. 30 minutes (2018)
Connections at Edmonds
Train
AmtrakSounder commuter rail Edmonds Station
Bus
Community Transit
Road
SR 104 / SR 524
Connections at Kingston
Bus
Kitsap Transit
Road
SR 104

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.

Description[edit]

The route crosses the Puget Sound with Edmonds, Washington as the eastern terminus and Kingston, Washington as the western terminus. The crossing is generally 30 minutes from either terminal.[1]

History[edit]

Mount Rainier and Downtown Seattle from the ferry.

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).[2]

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.[2]

By the early 1970s, the relief vessels on the run included MV Illahee and MV Quinault. Another vessel sometimes used on extra summer runs in the early 1970s was the MV Kehloken.[2]

Terminals[edit]

Ferry arriving at the Kingston terminal
Loading vehicles at the Edmonds ferry terminal

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.[3] The dock is scheduled to be utilized again starting in July 2018 when Kitsap Transit will resume passenger only fast-ferry service to Seattle.[4]

The Kingston terminal has an extra slip for a spare boat, which was regularly used for a third vessel until the 1970s.[2] 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.

Current status[edit]

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.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Sailing Schedule for Edmonds / Kingston". Washington State Ferries. Retrieved September 27, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d Demoro, Harre, The Evergreen Fleet, at pages 57-63.
  3. ^ Friedrich, Ed (September 28, 2012). "Kingston Port retires SoundRunner ferry service". Kitsap Sun. Retrieved June 7, 2017.
  4. ^ "Kitsap Transit Fast Ferries". Retrieved June 7, 2017.

References[edit]

  • 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)