MV Puyallup

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Name: MV Puyallup
Owner: WSDOT
Operator: Washington State Ferries
Route: Edmonds-Kingston or Seattle-Bainbridge Island
Builder: Todd Pacific Shipyards, Seattle, Washington
Completed: 1999
Status: In service
General characteristics
Class & type: Jumbo Mark II Class auto/passenger ferry
Length: 460 ft 2 in (140.3 m)
Beam: 90 ft (27.4 m)
Draft: 17 ft 3 in (5.3 m)
Decks: 4
Deck clearance: 15 ft 6 in (4.7 m)
Installed power: Total of 16,000 hp from 4 x EMD 710 V-16 Diesel-Electric
Speed: 18 kn (21 mph) 2 engines; 25 kn (29 mph) 4 engines
  • 2500 passengers
  • 202 vehicles (max 60 commercial)

MV Puyallup is a Jumbo Mark II Class ferry operated by Washington State Ferries. This ferry, along with her two sisters, are the largest in the fleet.

While Puyallup spent three weeks in dry dock in November 2003, the MV Chelan and MV Quinault served the Edmonds-Kingston route.[1] From mid-2006 to mid-2007, she was serving the Edmonds-Kingston route.[2] She was later moved to the Seattle-Bainbridge Island route.

In mid-2008, Puyallup was sent out of service for repainting and to have a new security system installed. She returned to service in January 2009.[3]

As of August 2009, she was serving the Edmonds-Kingston route. Then in August 2011 she was assigned again to the Edmonds-Kingston route.[clarification needed][4] As of June 2011, the ferry was assigned to the Seattle-Bainbridge Island route.[5] In the Winter of 2011-2012 she was assigned to the Edmonds-Kingston route again. In the winter of 2013 she was hauled and her hull was stripped down to bright steel for a thorough inspection and scheduled maintenance. She was also fitted with new five bladed propellers as an experiment to reduce vibration and increase efficiency.


There have been a few incidents in which passengers aboard Puyallup have disappeared. On 15 April 2001, a man disappeared while en route from Seattle to Bainbridge Island. Authorities suspected he fell overboard when the ship turned to enter Eagle Harbor while he was sitting on a railing.[6] On 13 January 2009, a woman disappeared while the ferry was en route from Seattle to Bainbridge Island. Her husband found what he believed to be a suicide note.[7]


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