Hyak boarding at Bremerton.
|Route||Seattle – Bremerton, Washington|
|Authority||Washington State Ferries (1951-present).|
|System length||17 miles|
|Travel time||60 minutes (2011); 45 minutes (1968)|
|Connections at Bremerton|
|Connections at Seattle|
|King County Water Taxi|
|Pioneer Square station|
|King County Metro & Sound Transit Express|
The Seattle–Bremerton ferry is a ferry route across Puget Sound between Seattle and Bremerton, Washington. Since 1951 the only ferries employed on the route have belonged to the Washington state ferry system, currently the largest ferry system in the United States.
The Seattle–Bremerton ferry route was once known as the "Navy Yard route". Before ferry service, the route was served by steamships and steamboats, such as the Inland Flyer. The sternwheeler Bailey Gatzert, once considered one of the most prestigious vessels to operate on Puget Sound and the Columbia River, was converted to an automobile ferry and as such became the first ferry to run on the Seattle-Bremerton route. Another vessel to run on the route was the unique “streamlined” ferry Kalakala.
The route from Seattle departs from the Washington State Ferry Terminal on the central Seattle waterfront. Assigned to the route as of July 2013 were the Super-class ferry Kaleetan and Issaquah 130 class ferry Kitsap.
- Newell, Gordon, R., ed., H.W. McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest, at 291, Superior Publishing, Seattle, WA, 1966
- Washington State Ferries, “Maintenance, Drydock and Inspection needs”.
- Demoro, Harre, The Evergreen Fleet – A Pictorial History of Washington State Ferries, Golden West Books, San Marino, CA (1971) ISBN 0-87095-037-1
- Kline, Mary S., and Bayless, G.A., Ferryboats – A Legend on Puget Sound, Bayless Books, Seattle, WA (1983) ISBN 0-914515-00-4
- Newell, Gordon, R., ed., H.W. McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest, Superior Publishing, Seattle, WA (1966)