One of the unique things about Puget Sound, and something I just love is the fact that we’re serviced by a fleet of ferries. We have state, county and private ferries transiting across the sound just about every hour of every day. And, if you have to commute, is there really any better way to do so? Not in my book.
Puget Sound Ferries
Before I talk to the ferry systems that service Puget Sound, let me first wish you all the best in the New Year. So far, 2015 looks like it will be a bumper year for Essex. I’m working on two commercial spots and in pre-production for my next documentary; more on those as they take shape later. And of course, I’ve changed the layout of the weekly wallpapers to better suit new monitors. Hope you enjoy.
Before the advent of paved roads, the fastest and easiest way to travel around the sound was by water by a fleet of ferries known locally as the ‘Mosquito Fleet’. By 1929, the ferry industry had consolidated into two companies: Puget Sound Navigation Company and Kitsap County Transportation Company. A strike in 1935 forced Kitsap County Transportation Company out of business and left the Puget Sound Navigation Company, commonly known as Black Ball Line, with primary control of ferry service on Puget Sound.
Someone asked me, if I were stranded on a desert island what book would I bring… ‘How to Build a Boat.’ – Steven Wright
Washington State recognized that the ferries were a lifeline for many communities, and there was a need for reliable ferry service to meet growing demand. In 1951, after numerous discussions with the state Legislature over fares and service, the Puget Sound Navigation Company sold all of its terminal facilities and ferries (with the exception of the Seattle/Port Angeles/Victoria, B.C. route) for $5 million to a newly-created Washington Toll Bridge Authority, now known as Washington State Ferries (WSF).
For three years, we lived on Anderson Island and commuted onboard the M/V Christine Anderson to the mainland. It’s a different lifestyle; one that I simultaneous miss and don’t miss.