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 and 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. The Puyallup is normally assigned to the Edmonds-Kingston route, although it is often reassigned to the Seattle-Bainbridge Island route whenever either of its sisters assigned to that route are out of service. The Puyallup has been at the Bainbridge Route for over a year while the M/V Tacoma underwent maintenance. The vessel returned to Edmonds- Kingston where her extra capacity was missed.

While Puyallup spent three weeks in dry dock in November 2003, the MV Chelan and MV Quinault served the Edmonds-Kingston route.[1] 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.[2] In the winter of 2013 she was hauled and her hull was stripped down to 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.[3] 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.[4]


  1. ^ "Change on Edmonds/Kingston ferry route". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. 2 November 2003. Retrieved 2012-09-15. 
  2. ^ Friedrich, Ed (6 October 2008). "Damaged Ferry Forces a Shuffle for Bremerton". Kitsap Sun. Retrieved 2012-09-15. 
  3. ^ "Anthony W. Reed". Cruise Ship Deaths. Retrieved 2012-08-12. 
  4. ^ "Police: No foul play in vanishing ferry passenger". KOMO-TV. 6 March 2009. 

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