MV Sealth docked at Bainbridge Island
|Operator:||Washington State Ferries|
|Port of registry:||Seattle, Washington, United States|
|Builder:||Marine Power and Equipment, Seattle|
|Status:||In Service - Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth|
|Class and type:||Issaquah 100 Class auto/passenger ferry|
|Displacement:||3310 long tons|
|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)|
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.
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 was expected to replace the M/V Klahowya as the inter-island ferry in the San Juans when it was retired, but was on the Pt. Defiance-Tahlequah route. She is currently on the Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth route, generally operating the #2 sailing position.
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. 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.
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