Crossings: On the Ferries of Puget Sound

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Crossings portrays the vibrant experience of traveling on the ferries of Puget Sound. The book weaves together factual information, images, and insights gathered during more than two years, presented in 304 pages with more than 375 original photographs.

Seattle's ferries handle about 24 million passenger trips each year - the ferry system provides both a commuter transit service and an adventurous outing. A voyage across the Sound can offer ...
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Overview

Crossings portrays the vibrant experience of traveling on the ferries of Puget Sound. The book weaves together factual information, images, and insights gathered during more than two years, presented in 304 pages with more than 375 original photographs.

Seattle's ferries handle about 24 million passenger trips each year - the ferry system provides both a commuter transit service and an adventurous outing. A voyage across the Sound can offer spectacular views of the Seattle skyline to the east, wooded shorelines to the west, and an ever-changing interplay of light and color created by the skies and water. Around the Sound tower the Olympics Range, the rugged Cascades, and Mount Rainier.

Crossings enhances the experience of a transit across the Sound both for area residents who ride the ferries frequently and for visitors who wish to remember their own voyage.
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kitsap-literary-scene.com
a unique combination ... breathtaking photos of views of the Sound, ferries, mountains and waterfront taken from the ferries, and a description of the boats and their operation, facts about the Sound, weather patterns, and reflections on the commute. ... a photography, keepsake, and reference book of great appeal to locals and visitors alike.
Port Orchard Independent
... informatively poetic narration ... A signature Seattle experience for visitors and a lifeline for everyday commuters, the Washington State Ferries system is one of the largest in the world. And while the boats are made of steel, the system, as a whole, is somewhat of a living, breathing organism. That organism is ... documented and reflected upon through stunning photography ... ... it's more than simply a collection of pretty pictures, it's a comprehensive, full-color story ... It examines ferries as icons and images, as a way of life and as this amazing, visceral experience ... readily available to anyone ...
The Bainbridge Island Review
... stories, history, and musings along with striking color images ....The effect is dynamic -- no static, merely pretty pictures -- ... holistic and cohesive, ... a story whose whole is larger than its parts.
The Seattle Times
A handsome photo-essay on ferry travel around the Sound. ... a good eye for both the bright and brooding light of our maritime environs.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780981881515
  • Publisher: Island Earth Publications
  • Publication date: 9/28/2008
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 1,504,454

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  • Posted November 18, 2008

    Beautiful photographs but on one run only: Bainbridge-Seattle

    It's difficult to express the sheer beauty of these photographs, from ferry boats to Mt. Rainier, from sunset to sunrise, from the Seattle skyline to the Olympic Mountains. They are stunning. The accompanying text is somewhat lyrical in its approach, appropriate for the photographs. Anyone who is an aficionado of the Washington State Ferry System, or ferries in general, will love this book. You will spend hours with it. <BR/><BR/>However, the subtitle: 'On the Ferries of Puget Sound' is somewhat misleading. This book is almost exclusively about the Seattle to Bainbridge Island run. The few times we see a ferry headed for Bremerton or Vashon Island, it is from the deck of a Bainbridge ferry. We never see a ferry from Kingston to Edmonds, from Vashon to Tacoma, from Vashon to Southworth or Fauntleroy. Port Townsend to Keystone? Not there. Mulkiteo to Whidbey? Absent. Anacortes to the San Juans? Well, technically that's not really Puget Sound, so I guess you can get away with it. These other runs also have their beauty. What could be more beautiful than the winding passage past Manchester to Bremerton? What could be more challenging than a ferry attempting to get into the shallow bay and narrow passage at Keystone? <BR/><BR/>Certainly the Seattle to Bainbridge run is spectacular in its own right. It also gets the biggest and newest boats, the Supers and Jumbos--never the Klahowya or the Evergreen State. None of this takes away from the art of the photographs, but people expecting Crossings to be about more than Bainbridge to Seattle will be disappointed.

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