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Old Kalakala ferry up for sale for just $1 (Seattle nostalgia state ferry)
SeattlePI ^ | 12/6/11 | SeattlePI

Posted on 12/06/2011 12:41:44 PM PST by illiac

Anyone want to buy an old, rusty piece of Seattle history?

The Kalakala ferry – yes, that hunk of junk which sat on Lake Union for years – is up for sale. And for just a buck.

Of course the Kalakala, now in Tacoma and starting to sink, is much more than a disintegrating eyesore; it was once a symbol of Seattle maritime, a flagship of Puget Sound. The silver, art-deco ferry has seen much better days … and much worse ones.

Then there’s the chance that the Coast Guard might seize the boat. The Kalakala’s website notes that the vessel faces seizure on Jan. 1 and that help is needed to keep it afloat.

The Kalakala needs repairs completed to keep her afloat, safe, and comply with a November 2011 United States Coast Guard Captain of the Port Order! We have all the materials and equipment but need welding labor volunteers.

Built in the 1920s, the Kalakala began serving Seattle as a ferry in 1935, according to HistoryLink.org. It sailed the Bremerton route for more than 30 years before it was auctioned off in 1967. That’s when its darkest days began, re-purposed in Alaska as a fish processing ship before being grounded in 1972 as a cannery.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Chit/Chat; Society
KEYWORDS: ferries; kalakala; washington
Also great pictures and history at the project web site:

http://www.kalakala.org/

1 posted on 12/06/2011 12:41:56 PM PST by illiac
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To: illiac

I remember back around 1953, a barge was found abandoned in Panama City, FL, where we were living at the time. It was auctioned off for a dollar.

I remember thinking I could have raised that much if I had known it would go that cheaply.

Of course a six year old has no idea that he would be required to move it etc. I just thought I could go down and play on it anytime I wanted.


2 posted on 12/06/2011 12:46:59 PM PST by yarddog
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To: illiac

I was stationed in USCGC Mallow which was eventually offered on e-bay. Kinda sad to see these vessels die like this. Yeah I know they aren’t living beings but a lot of sailors lives went into them.


3 posted on 12/06/2011 12:49:25 PM PST by dblshot (Insanity: electing the same people over and over and expecting different results.)
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To: illiac

I rode on this as a child and have remembered it ever since. Riding on it from Seattle to Bremerton was a special treat from my father.


4 posted on 12/06/2011 12:50:03 PM PST by illiac (If we don't change directions soon, we'll get where we're going)
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To: illiac
I remember it well.
5 posted on 12/06/2011 1:14:08 PM PST by stormer
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To: illiac

I lived in Kodiak when it was towed out of there. Mid-90s?


6 posted on 12/06/2011 1:18:38 PM PST by 11x62
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To: stormer

Beautiful picture! Thank you for posting it!


7 posted on 12/06/2011 1:20:20 PM PST by MeganC (No way in Hell am I voting for Mitt Romney. Not now, not ever. Deal with it.)
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To: stormer

Great pic....thanks!


8 posted on 12/06/2011 1:22:49 PM PST by illiac (If we don't change directions soon, we'll get where we're going)
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To: Baynative

WA state ping


9 posted on 12/06/2011 1:26:26 PM PST by The SISU kid (I feel really homesick all the time & so do all the other aliens.....)
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To: stormer

Nice photo, we used to ride the Kalakala back in the late 50’s and early 60’s. She vibrated at flank speed like a Model A Ford with a bent wheel.


10 posted on 12/06/2011 1:45:12 PM PST by dainbramaged (I lost my mantra around 1969.)
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To: stormer

How “modern” looking it is. The exterior appears to be aluminum, like a Airstream trailer.


11 posted on 12/06/2011 1:46:50 PM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open ( <o> ---)
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To: stormer

Looks like the St Louis Admiral (also recently scrapped)...


12 posted on 12/06/2011 3:08:54 PM PST by steveyp
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To: illiac
There are some more great pictures here from back in the day. I think that's the first Art Deco boat I've ever seen. Very nice. I wish it could be restored and put back into service.
13 posted on 12/06/2011 3:30:28 PM PST by BfloGuy (The final outcome of the credit expansion is general impoverishment.)
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To: stormer
That is one cool looking piece of equipment
14 posted on 12/06/2011 3:39:30 PM PST by HereInTheHeartland (I love how the FR spellchecker doesn't recognize the word "Obama")
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To: illiac

The Navy here in Norfolk is looking at buying two Hawaiian inter-island ferries that are docked here at this time. For what use, I have no idea.


15 posted on 12/07/2011 5:52:40 AM PST by fredhead (I'm not sleeping, I'm checking my eyelids for cracks.)
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