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  •  Just go off our new ferry the MV Chetzemoka (7+ / 0-)

    Chetzemoka was a chief of the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe.

    The brand new $79 million Chetzemoka is especially designed for unusually rough water between Keystone on Whidbey Island and Port Townsend on the Quimper Peninsula. There were 4 to 5 foot swells coming out of the Strait of Juan de Fucka and the open Pacific beyond. The ferry was far more stable than the ones it replaced dating from 1927.

     

    The new ferry is absolutely beautiful, by far the nicest boat in the State's large fleet. As a former ferry commuter I would know.
     

    Gregoire dedicates new ferry Chetzemoka  

    By JOEL CONNELLY

    Under gray skies with the governor slightly defensive about its cost, the MV Chetzemoka joined the Washington State Ferry fleet Sunday morning and sailed on its maiden voyage for Port Townsend.

    The Port Townsend-Coupeville route is second only to the San Juans in scenic beauty in the ferry system. On a clear day, rare in November, three of the states' five volcanoes are visible from the crossing.

    It is also the trickiest route in the ferry system, passing through heavily traveled shipping lanes and storm-buffeted waters, with big tide influxes at Keystone.

    My home overlooks these heavily traveled shipping lanes, and the ferry's entire route including the docks on both sides, so I will be watching as this ferry sails the rough seas at the mouth of Admiralty Inlet. Often I've watched the old boats crashing through big 8 to 10 foot seas similar to ones on the open ocean. Just to give you some idea how wild it can get here we had 60 mile per hour gusts here last night.

    Back to the Chetzemoka. It has a collection of historic pictures adorning its interior and many of the subjects are Jamestown S'Klallam tribal members in the late 1800s. The photos were so striking I walk the boat twice to take them in.

    PS In Port Townsend I had a conversation with a direct decedent of Geronimo.  

    Demand Filibuster Reform call your Senators at (202) 224-3121 -AND KEEP CALLING

    by Lefty Coaster on Tue Nov 16, 2010 at 10:11:35 PM PST

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