MV Walla Walla

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Walla Walla in Rich Passage 07.JPG
The MV Walla Walla in Rich Passage
Name: MV Walla Walla
Owner: WSDOT
Operator: Washington State Ferries
Port of registry: Seattle, Washington, US
Route: Edmonds-Kingston
Builder: Todd Shipyard, Seattle
  • 1972
  • Refurbished: 2005[1]
In service: 1972
Status: In Service
General characteristics
Class and type: Jumbo-class auto/passenger ferry
  • 3,246 gross-tonnage
  • 1,198 net-tonnage
Displacement: 4860 (in long tons)
Length: 440 ft (134 m)
Beam: 87 ft (27 m)
Draft: 18 ft (5 m)
Decks: 4
Deck clearance: 15 ft 6 in (4.7 m)
Installed power: Total 11,500 hp from 4 x Diesel-Electric engines
Propulsion: Diesel Electric (DC)
Speed: 18 kn (33 km/h)
  • 2,000 passengers
  • 188 vehicles (max 60 commercial)[2]
The MV Walla Walla, underway from Edmonds to Kingston

The MV Walla Walla is a Jumbo-class ferry operated by Washington State Ferries.


The Walla Walla was originally assigned to the San Juan Islands, however in its first year of service it was reassigned to the Seattle-Bainbridge route for which ridership better aligned with the high capacity of the Jumbo-class vessels.

After being replaced on the Seattle–Winslow route by the Jumbo Mark II-class ferry, the ship began serving as a fill-in vessel for whenever one of the larger ferries goes into scheduled maintenance periods; usually she can be found on either the SeattleBremerton or EdmondsKingston routes.[1] Occasionally the Walla Walla will still end up filling in on the Seattle–Bainbridge Island run where it spent its early years. In late July 2014, the Jumbo Mark II class ferry, MV Wenatchee went up to Vancouver, BC for repairs. Since Washington State Ferries had no large backup vessels, the Walla Walla once again found herself on her old run, the Seattle–Winslow route. As a result, she was the other vessel on the route on the day the MV Tacoma suffered her massive electrical failure.

November 2012 incident[edit]

In early November 2012, during routine maintenance, one of the ship's four drive motors was damaged and failed after it overheated. The ferry was removed from service while a replacement was installed. WSDOT announced that if the damaged motor could be replaced with a spare already in its warehouse, the ferry could be back into service within several months.[3][4] The spare motor was refurbished by General Electric in Los Angeles and then installed at Vigor Shipyards.[5] The Walla Walla returned to service in April 2013.[5]


  1. ^ a b c The Walla Walla,
  2. ^ MV Walla Walla vessel info from WSDOT
  3. ^ Walla Walla ferry out of service indefinitely – Seattle Times, retrieved November 9, 2012
  4. ^ Electrical Accident Puts Walla Walla Ferry Out Of Service – KGMI, retrieved November 12, 2012
  5. ^ a b Frame, Susannah (March 11, 2013). "Report: Human error was cause of ferry maintenance accident". Archived from the original on March 13, 2013.

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