Ferryboat Santa Rosa

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Santa Rosa
Ferryboat mv santa rosa.jpg
  • Santa Rosa (1927–1940)
  • MV Enetai (1940–1989)
  • Ferryboat Santa Rosa (1989–)
Builder: General Engineering & Dry Dock Company, Alameda, California
Yard number: 6
Completed: June 1927
In service: 1927
Out of service: 1968
Refit: 1941
Refit: 1989
  • Official Number: 226599
  • Call Sign: WA4715[1]
Status: serves as banquet facility and office space
General characteristics (as built)
Class and type: Steel Electric-class ferry
Tonnage: 2,465 GRT
Length: 256 ft (78 m)
Beam: 46 ft 6 in (14.17 m)
Propulsion: 2 × Diesel-Electric engines, 2,400 hp (1,800 kW)
Speed: 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph)
  • 616 passengers
  • 59 vehicles
General characteristics (after 1941 refit)
Type: single ended auto/passenger ferry
Beam: 66 ft (20.1 m)
Draft: 12 ft 9 in (3.9 m)
Deck clearance: 12 ft (3.7 m)
Propulsion: 1 × direct-drive Busch-Sulzer diesel, 2,800 hp (2,100 kW)
Speed: 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph)
  • 1,500 passengers
  • 90 vehicles[1]
General characteristics (after 1989 refit)
Notes: restored to original 1927 external appearance, deck converted to banquet facility and offices
Capacity: 500 passengers[2]
MV Santa Rosa
Ferryboat Santa Rosa is located in California
Ferryboat Santa Rosa
Location Pier 3, San Francisco, California
Coordinates 37°47′54″N 122°23′43″W / 37.79833°N 122.39528°W / 37.79833; -122.39528Coordinates: 37°47′54″N 122°23′43″W / 37.79833°N 122.39528°W / 37.79833; -122.39528
Area 0.3 acres (0.12 ha)
Architectural style ferryboat
NRHP Reference # 79000469[3]
Added to NRHP 29 May 1979

Santa Rosa was a Steel Electric-class ferry built in Alameda, California, for Northwestern Pacific Railroad. She started out serving Southern Pacific Railways on their Golden Gate Ferries line on San Francisco Bay.

She was purchased by the Puget Sound Navigation Company in 1940, and moved to Puget Sound. Puget Sound Navigation Company, believing that a single ended ferry would be more economical and faster, replaced her engines and converted her to a single-ended ferry, effectively making her no longer a true Steel Electric-class ferry. She was also renamed MV Enetai, which is the name she kept when she was later acquired by Washington State Ferries who took over operations in 1951.[1] The ferry was returned to San Francisco after her sale in 1968, but sat largely unused until purchased by Hornblower Cruises in 1989. Hornblower restored her aft wheelhouse in an attempt to make her look like her original profile from 1927, however the passenger cabin retained the remodeled outline from her 1941 single-end conversion.[4] She is currently moored at Pier 3 in San Francisco, where she serves both as office space and as a rental facility.[2]


  1. ^ a b c "The Enetai: A Graceful Retirement". evergreenfleet.com. Retrieved 2012-10-17. 
  2. ^ a b "Our Fleet". Hornblower Cruises & Events. Archived from the original on 2009-07-03. Retrieved 2012-10-17. [not in citation given]
  3. ^ National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  4. ^ "About Hornblower Cruises & Events". Hornblower Cruises & Events. Archived from the original on 2006-10-30. Retrieved 2012-10-17. [not in citation given]

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