Ferryboats have been a way of life on Puget Sound since settlers first arrived there. From the wooden Mosquito Fleet to the sleek art deco Kalakala, the ferries of Puget Sound serve as a cultural icon to visitors and locals alike. Running from Point Defiance to Sidney, British Columbia, the Washington State ferry system is the single largest tourist attraction in the state, with 28 routes and 23 million riders annually. Names like Vashon, Kalakala, and Chetzemoka still resonate with fondness and nostalgia long after they have gone, while ships built the year Lindberg flew solo across the Atlantic will soon be pensioned off and pass into the "Ghost Fleet." In this volume, travelers are invited to look back to the past and bid Puget Sound's "ancient mariners" a fond farewell.
About the Author
For this pictorial retrospective, lifelong ferryboat historian, author, and archivist Steven J. Pickens has selected more than 200 images from his extensive personal collection of vintage photographs, postcards, and other visual memorabilia to trace the unique story of the floating highways and gentle maritime giants of Puget Sound.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book promises to be a very insightful look into the history of ferries on Puget Sound, which have becomes icons of the Pacific Northwest. The author, Steven J. Pickens, has devoted much of his life to the study of and fascination with the subject. He is a lifelong Sounder who is both an aficionado and an objective critic of the state ferry system.