Seen off West Seattle: U.S. Coast Guard escorts for Fauntleroy ferry

Mark Dale sent the photo from Gatewood. He’s one of several people who asked about that sighting this morning – U.S. Coast Guard “response” boats escorting a Fauntleroy-bound ferry. We checked with USCG District 13 public affairs – no incidents, no threats, they told us. So apparently just training.

11 Replies to "Seen off West Seattle: U.S. Coast Guard escorts for Fauntleroy ferry"

  • downtown window starer-outer January 15, 2019 (12:51 pm)

    This has been going on for months/weeks on the Bainbridge ferry route.

    • WSB January 15, 2019 (12:53 pm)

      It’s certainly not the first time. (We have a discussion in the WSB Community Forums dating back to 2008!) But whenever several people ask about something, it’s a sign it’s attracted significant notice, so we do our best to check it out – Tracy

  • Joshua's Mom January 15, 2019 (1:06 pm)

    Thanks Tracy!  Outstanding performance as always by WSB!

  • pamela rogers January 15, 2019 (1:19 pm)

    No pay…. but still working. 

  • sc January 15, 2019 (2:08 pm)

    “Semper Paratus”

  • Mary January 15, 2019 (3:30 pm)

    The Coast Guard has been randomly escorting the ferries since 9/11…nothing new.

  • Question Authority January 15, 2019 (5:10 pm)

    That’s the sound of Freedom as well.

  • Kalo January 15, 2019 (7:11 pm)

    The Coast Guard has been doing this as part of homeland security since 2001/02. They vary the route they “protect” so as to not be predictable.

  • Andrew January 15, 2019 (7:42 pm)

    Ultra high net worth cargo.

  • CarDriver January 16, 2019 (10:26 am)

    As a boater, and having  met coasties they are GREAT people and us boaters do appreciate them! But I must add that these escort’s are just for show. There have been no credible threats against shipping since 9/11.  Several threats every year are received. ALL of them are investigated. 100% are from people drunk/high, mentally off or pranksters. A big cost to us taxpayer’s. 

  • Anne January 16, 2019 (7:30 pm)

    I was on one of the escorted boats and they played a special message saying the boat would be escorted and that there was no threat or concerns.

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