MV Evergreen State

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MV Evergreen State in Upright Passage, between Shaw and Lopez Islands
Name: MV Evergreen State
Owner: WSDOT
Operator: Washington State Ferries
Port of registry: Seattle, Washington,  United States
Route: Fauntleroy/Vashon/Southworth
  • 1954
  • Refit: 1988
In service: November 27, 1954
Out of service: December 31, 2015
Status: Retired
Notes: Retired from regular service June 29, 2014
General characteristics
Class and type: Evergreen State-class auto/passenger ferry
Length: 310 ft (94.5 m)
Beam: 73 ft (22.3 m)
Draft: 15 ft 10 in (4.8 m)
Decks: 1 auto deck/1 passenger deck
Deck clearance: 13 ft 7 in (4.1 m)
Installed power: Total 2,500 hp from 2 Diesel-Electric engines
Speed: 13 kn (24 km/h; 15 mph)
  • 981 passengers
  • 87 vehicles (max 30 commercial)[2]

The MV Evergreen State is a decommissioned Evergreen State-class ferry that was operated by Washington State Ferries from 1954 to 2015.

She was named for the state of Washington, whose nickname is "The Evergreen State". When delivered in 1954, the Evergreen State was assigned to the Seattle-Winslow run serving Bainbridge Island. She was reassigned to the San Juan Islands in 1959 where she remained for the majority of her active career for Washington State Ferries.

From June 2000 until the retirement of the Steel Electric-class in November 2007 this ferry was used as a relief vessel. The sudden retirement of the Steel Electrics forced the full-time reactivation of the Evergreen State. After reactivation, the Evergreen State was the inter-island service vessel in the San Juan Islands.

The Evergreen State left the San Juan Islands for good on June 29, 2014, replaced by her sister ship MV Klahowya, and made her last sailing from Friday Harbor at 2:15 PM and from Lopez Island at 3:05PM. Following that sailing, she sailed to Eagle Harbor on Bainbridge Island. A month after 'retirement', a substantial fleet shortage resulted in the reactivation of the Evergreen State,[3] and since then the vessel has been in service more often than not, usually on the Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth triangle route. Galley Service has not been provided on the Evergreen State since the mid 2000s.

On January 14, 2016, Washington State Ferries issued a press release stating that the ferry "has been decommissioned and will soon be put up for sale."[4][5] The vessel was sold in March 2017 for $300,000 and will be used for ferry service in the Caribbean Sea.[6]


  1. ^ The Evergreen State class today - M/V Evergreen State,
  2. ^ Vessel info - M/V Evergreen State, WSF, WSDOT
  3. ^ "Damage to ferry Tacoma more extensive than believed". Kitsap Sun. August 4, 2014. Retrieved January 20, 2016. 
  4. ^ "State's oldest ferry officially decommissioned" (Press release). Washington State Ferries. January 14, 2016. Retrieved January 20, 2016. 
  5. ^ DeMay, Daniel (January 15, 2016). "Oldest state ferry officially retired". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved January 20, 2016. 
  6. ^ Lee, Jessica (March 1, 2017). "State's oldest ferryboat is sold; heading to the Caribbean". The Seattle Times. Retrieved March 1, 2017.