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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