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

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.

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

  • flynlo July 29, 2014 (1:27 pm)

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

  • flynlo July 29, 2014 (1:40 pm)

    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.

  • William July 29, 2014 (2:02 pm)

    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.

  • Bill on Duwamish Head July 29, 2014 (2:14 pm)

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

  • XXX July 29, 2014 (3:13 pm)

    What the heck is TFN?

  • Franci July 29, 2014 (3:41 pm)


    TFN = Till Further Notice

  • kevin July 29, 2014 (3:44 pm)


    “Until further notice” or “till further notice”

  • miws July 29, 2014 (3:48 pm)

    XXX, “TFN”=”Til Further Notice”.



  • XXX July 29, 2014 (4:33 pm)

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

  • WSEA July 29, 2014 (4:38 pm)

    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.

  • William July 29, 2014 (5:51 pm)

    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.

  • Daisy July 29, 2014 (5:52 pm)

    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!

  • M July 29, 2014 (9:24 pm)

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

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