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: Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth
Builder: Marine Power and Equipment, Seattle
  • 1982
  • Refit: 2006
In service: 1985
Status: In Service - Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth
General characteristics
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
Propulsion: Diesel
Speed: 16 kn (30 km/h)
  • 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.[3]

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.[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.


  1. ^ Issaquah's Today Part 2 - M/V Sealth Archived October 9, 2007, at the Wayback Machine,
  2. ^ Vessel information - M/V Sealth, WSF, WSDOT
  3. ^ Route information - M/V Sealth, WSF, WSDOT
  4. ^ "News release regarding leak" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on April 1, 2013.