MV Tillikum

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MV Tillikum off of Fauntleroy ferry terminal, Seattle
Name: MV Tillikum
Owner: WSDOT
Operator: Washington State Ferries
Port of registry: Seattle, Washington,  United States
  • 1959
  • Refit: 1994
Status: In Service
General characteristics
Class and type: Evergreen State-class auto/passenger ferry
Displacement: 2413
Length: 310 ft 2 in (94.5 m)
Beam: 73 ft 2 in (22.3 m)
Draft: 15 ft 6 in (4.7 m)
Decks: 3
Deck clearance: 13 ft 6 in (4.1 m)
Installed power: Total 2,500 hp from 2 Diesel-Electric engines
Speed: 13 kn (24 km/h)
  • 1200 passengers
  • 87 vehicles (max 30 commercial)[2]

The MV Tillikum is an Evergreen State-class ferry operated by Washington State Ferries.

The Tillikum was built in 1959 for service between Seattle and Bainbridge Island. Upon the delivery of the Super-class ferries in 1968, the Tillikum was moved to the Edmonds-Kingston run where it remained until approximately 1980. After being displaced by the Issaquah-class ferry Chelan in the early 1980s, the Tillikum spent roughly a decade as a relief boat before settling on the Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth run in the early 1990s. The Tillikum became been a reserve vessel since the delivery of the Samish in 2015. Since the retirement of her sister Klahowya in 2017, she has been serving primarily as the San Juan Inter-island vessel.