Vince, one of my outstanding editors, passed an item along to me that he came across while preparing our Good For You feature for the Sunday paper. Take a look:
In 1985 (25 Years Ago)
“A passenger-only ferry of the type proposed for use on the Bremerton-Seattle route will give a high-speed demonstration Monday.
A brand new 86-foot catamaran built by Nichols Brothers Boar Builders of Whidbey Island is proposed as a replacement for late-night auto ferries, which are scheduled to be removed from the Bremerton run early in the new year.”
Nichols Brothers did build a couple 350-passenger ferries for the route, the Chinook and Snohomish. They were really cool, zipping between Seattle and Bremerton in less than half an hour. They seemed to glide on the water. Unfortunately, they made a big wake that tore up people’s beaches and then the state ran out of money to run them.
But that’s not the main point. That’s how ironic it is that 25 years ago there was talk of taking away Bremerton’s late-night ferries, and it’s made several full circles and come back again this year. Only according to the governor’s proposal, there wouldn’t be any passenger ferries replacing them this time.