Sunday/ ferry to Bremerton

The Seattle-Bremerton ferry is about 60 minutes one way.

It was a beautiful sunny, blue-sky day (61° F/ 16°C), and I hopped onto the Bremerton ferry, to go check out the marina there, and the Navy Museum. Bremerton is home to Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and the Bremerton Annex of Naval Base Kitsap.

This is Pier 50 on the Seattle waterfront, and I am on the Bremerton-bound ferry called Chimacum (this vessel started service in 2017, 1500 passengers, 144 vehicles). The ferry in the picture is the Wenatchee (launched 1998, 2500 passengers, 202 vehicles). It is just pushing back from the terminal as well, going to Bainbridge Island. The sharp-looking, swank new building with the triangular faces, in the skyline, is the F5 Tower, also known as The Mark.
This is outside the Naval Museum, the ‘sail’ of the Sturgeon-class attack submarine, the USS Parche (SSN-683). Commissioned in 1974 and decommissioned 2004, she is said to be ‘the most highly decorated vessel in U.S. history’. The letters and striping stand for awards such as Battle Efficiency, Navigation Excellence and Communication Excellence. Inset: USS Parche returns to port for the last time at Naval Base Kitsap at Bangor, WA on Sept 20, 2004. [Picture: WIkipedia]
We had the ferry called Kaleetan on the way back from Bremerton to Seattle. She can hold 144 vehicles, and 1868 passengers; has been in service since 1968 and will be replaced in a few years.

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