Kalakala

Saving the Kalakala
10:20 am
Tue May 8, 2012

Historic ferry may be too fragile to leave Tacoma

Authorities worry that if the 276-foot ship sinks, it would block the waterway.
Braden Flickr

TACOMA, Wash. — Once an icon of Puget Sound, the ferry Kalakala is in such fragile shape it may not withstand being evicted from a Tacoma moorage and could have to be scrapped.

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Saving the Kalakala
11:04 am
Mon January 23, 2012

Historic ferry Kalakala listing at Port of Tacoma

The historic Kalakala in better days - relatively speaking.

TACOMA, Wash. — Recent storms have apparently been hard on the historic ferry Kalakala. It's listing at its mooring at the Port of Tacoma.

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Washington State Ferries
4:56 pm
Thu January 5, 2012

Sinking ship? Saving Seattle's historic Kalakala ferry

Not Dead Yet: On July 3, 1935, the Kalakala started daily ferry service between Seattle and Bremerton, Wash. Today, it sits unused in a nearby Tacoma dock.
Martin Kaste NPR

Originally published on Thu January 5, 2012 2:55 pm

There's an old joke: The two happiest days in a man's life are the day he buys a boat and the day he sells it.

That's certainly been true for the owners of the Kalakala, a historic art deco ferry that currently resides in the Puget Sound. Launched in 1935, the vessel's trials and tribulations have become the stuff of legend in Seattle.

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

Famed Washington ferry Kalakala reportedly sold for $1

The Kalakala was towed back to Washington in 1998 with the idea it would be restored, but no one has yet come up with the money.
Braden Flickr

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.

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