Puget Sound history
10:40 am
Mon December 19, 2011

Famed Washington ferry Kalakala reportedly sold for $1

TACOMA, Wash. — The owner of the historic Washington ferry Kalakala says on his website the vessel has been sold for $1 to an anonymous buyer who promises to restore the vessel to its art deco glory.

No other details about the plans were posted on the Kalakala Website.

Steve Rodrigues bought the Kalakala in hope of making it into an attraction. It has been moored in Tacoma since 2004.

The 276-foot silver ferry with sleek lines sailed on Puget Sound from 1935 to 1967. After its ferry days it became a fish processing ship in Alaska. It was towed back to Washington in 1998 with the idea it would be restored, but no one came up with the money.