Noticing unusual state ferry activity across the Sound? M/V Tacoma stalls, M/V Sealth tows

July 29, 2014 at 1:19 pm | In Seen at sea, West Seattle news | 14 Comments

1:19 PM: Water-watchers know the regular Bainbridge and Bremerton Washington State Ferries routes by heart, so it’s not hard to see when something digresses from the usual pattern. Right now, M/V Sealth has diverted from the Bremerton route to go check out trouble reported with M/V Tacoma, which is reported to be stalled by Bainbridge Island. You can track both via WSF’s VesselWatch.

1:26 PM: Update via Kitsap Sun reporter Josh Farley on Twitter:

The person whose photos he has re-tweeted is Van Badzik, who also tweeted this:

That’s West Seattle in the backdrop, east of where the ferry-towing is happening alongside Bainbridge.

1:39 PM: As noted in comments, and also now reported by the Kitsap Sun, the tug Thea Foss is headed over to help.

2:46 PM: The Tacoma is en route to Bainbridge to offload. WSF says the Bainbridge/Seattle run is one boat only TFN.


  1. Foss tug just steaming out of Elliot Bay, headed in the direction right now!

    Comment by flynlo — 1:27 pm July 29, 2014 #

  2. Tug has arrived, can’t tell if they have “handed of the tow”. Coast Guard cutter standing by and another Coast Guard boat headed in that direction.

    Comment by flynlo — 1:40 pm July 29, 2014 #

  3. By design, Washington State’s ferries have limited ability to drop an anchor and no way to retrieve one. This is because it was thought they would never lose all power. I guess they never heard of Murphy’s Law.

    Comment by William — 2:02 pm July 29, 2014 #

  4. Uh Oh!
    I think this is going to impact my getting on the 7:20 for dinner over at Bainbridge.

    Comment by Bill on Duwamish Head — 2:14 pm July 29, 2014 #

  5. Bill – I’ve been offline for a bit but just noted that Seattle-Bainbridge is on a one-boat schedule TFN. Kingston-Edmonds is suggested as an alternative but of course it’ll be busy …

    Comment by WSB — 2:40 pm July 29, 2014 #

  6. What the heck is TFN?

    Comment by XXX — 3:13 pm July 29, 2014 #

  7. @xxx

    TFN = Till Further Notice

    Comment by Franci — 3:41 pm July 29, 2014 #

  8. @XXX

    “Until further notice” or “till further notice”

    Comment by kevin — 3:44 pm July 29, 2014 #

  9. XXX, “TFN”=”Til Further Notice”.



    Comment by miws — 3:48 pm July 29, 2014 #

  10. Thanks… Which leads me to wonder why “until further notice” wasn’t written in the first place…

    Comment by XXX — 4:33 pm July 29, 2014 #

  11. I would not be standing in front of the rope/cable once they start moving. If the rope snapped, watch out. I’ve experienced it first hand when towing an object.

    Comment by WSEA — 4:38 pm July 29, 2014 #

  12. I agree with WSEA. The lines they are using for a tow rope have never been sized for the job they put them to. WSF was just plain lucky a line did not snap and take someone’s head off.

    Comment by William — 5:51 pm July 29, 2014 #

  13. I just walked to the WS water taxi and there are 100′s of bainbridge walk-on passengers lined up to get in to get their tickers. No fun!

    Comment by Daisy — 5:52 pm July 29, 2014 #

  14. Wow! I missed this all go down while stuck in the office today. Never heard of such an even in all my years here!

    Comment by M — 9:24 pm July 29, 2014 #

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