Port Townsend to Lose Car Ferry for a Couple Weeks

Jeff Chew of the Peninsula Daily News wrote today that the beleaguered Port Townsend-Keystone route will be without a car ferry sometime before the end of the year. The Steilacoom II, which the state is leasing from Pierce County, needs an annual Coast Guard inspection that could take two to three weeks. It’s the only ferry, apparently in the state, that can navigate Keystone harbor. Passenger ferries will do what they can to fill in.

Locals are worried that it could happen during the holidays. They didn’t have a car ferry during last Christmas and New Year’s because the state abruptly retired the steel-electric ferries that served the route in November because of unsafe corroded and pitted hulls.

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