MV Sealth

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MV Sealth docked at Bainbridge Island
Name: MV Sealth
Owner: WSDOT
Operator: Washington State Ferries
Port of registry: Seattle, Washington,  United States
Route: Relief Vessel on Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth, Anacortes-San Juan Islands and San Juan Interisland
Builder: Marine Power and Equipment, Seattle
  • 1982
  • Refit: 2006
In service: 1985
  • Official Number:662478
  • Call Sign: WAK7089[1]
Status: In Service - Fauntleroy/Vashon/Southworth
General characteristics
Class and type: Issaquah 100 Class auto/passenger ferry
Length: 328 ft (100.0 m)
Beam: 78 ft 8 in (24.0 m)
Draft: 15 ft 6 in (4.7 m)
Decks: 1 auto deck/1 passenger deck
Deck clearance: 15 ft 2 in (4.6 m)
Installed power: Total 5,000 hp from 2 diesel engines
Speed: 16 kn (30 km/h; 18 mph)
  • 1200 passengers
  • 90 vehicles (max 30 commercial)[2]
Crew: 10

The MV Sealth is the sole remaining Issaquah 100 Class ferry operated by Washington State Ferries.

She is named for Chief Sealth.

The Sealth underwent cabin rebuilding in the Fall of 2006, after which she was in service on the Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth route. The Sealth was then the #2 vessel on the route. Earlier she was taken out of service due to a seam needing weld repairs. As of August 20, 2015 she was serving on the Bremerton route in place of the Kitsap which was moved north to the San Juans.[3]

The Sealth leaves Fauntleroy for Vashon. Taken from the M/V Cathlamet.

The Sealth was not listed to return to the San Juan Islands during fall of 2015. She was in service at Seattle/Bremerton and switched to the Vashon route mid-fall and she remained there until the Winter 2016 schedule began. She has been serving as a relief vessel for the Vashon- Fauntleroy route, and is expected to replace the M/V Klahowya as the inter-island ferry in the San Juans in a few years.


On November 7, 2012, the Sealth was serving the Bremerton run when a hole four feet under the waterline at No. 2 end port side was discovered.[4] The ferry was pulled from service in the day and the leak was fixed a week later at Dakota Shipyards of Anacortes. This caused the Salish to be put on the run, causing a loss of 30% percent of the run's regular car capacity.

In 1991, the Sealth collided with the M/V Kitsap in Rich passage under heavy fog. No major damage was reported.