Bryan and I went out to Bainbridge Island on Saturday. We spotted the new Chimakum ferry at the Seattle Waterfront. The ferry will run on the Seattle-Bremerton route.
Washington State Ferries operates the largest ferry system in the United States. It runs ten routes serving 20 terminals located around Puget Sound and in the San Juan Islands. The agency maintains 22 vessels, carrying 24.2 million passengers in 2016.
The newest Washington state ferry, Chimacum, joined the fleet on Friday, April 7. It is the third Olympic Class ferry and can carry 144 cars and 1,500 passengers. The name Chimacum (CHIM-a-cum), honors the Chemakum tribe’s gathering place, which is now the present day town of Chimacum near Port Townsend.
This is a departure picture from the ferry Tacoma, on our way to Bainbridge Island. Look for a new building called The Mark in the background, just left of the tall black Columbia Tower, now nearing completion.
The view of the Seattle downtown skyline from way back. The cruise season is just getting started. There is a Holland America cruise ship just to the right of the Space Needle getting ready to set sail for Alaska.