Seattle–Bremerton ferry

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Seattle–Bremerton ferry
Hyak Boarding.JPG
Hyak boarding at Bremerton.
Waterway Puget Sound
Route SeattleBremerton, Washington
Authority Washington State Ferries (1951-present).
System length 17 miles
Travel time 60 minutes (2011); 45 minutes (1968)
Connections at Bremerton
Kitsap Transit
Kitsap Transit
SR 304
Connections at Seattle
King County Water Taxi
Link light rail Pioneer Square station
King County Metro & Sound Transit Express
SR 519

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.[1] Another vessel to run on the route was the unique “streamlined” ferry Kalakala.

Current status[edit]

The route from Seattle departs from the Washington State Ferry Terminal on the central Seattle waterfront. Assigned to the route as of April 2017 were the Super-class ferry Kaleetan and Jumbo Class ferry Walla Walla.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Newell, Gordon, R., ed., H.W. McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest, at 291, Superior Publishing, Seattle, WA, 1966
  2. ^ 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)