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Washington State Ferry
Navigating the waters of the Pacific Northwest Inland Sea
Interesting facts about Washington State Ferries
Founded: 1951 with the State�s purchase of Puget Sound Navigation Company.
Number of vessels currently in the fleet (as of 2002): 29, including 5 passenger-only vessels.
Largest car ferry in the fleet: The Jumbo Mark II Ferries, M/V Tacoma (Mt. Rainier) and M/V Puyallup (generous people), which carry 2,500 passengers and 218 cars. 13,200 hp. Smallest ferry in the fleet: The Hiyu (plenty), which carries 40 cars and 200 passengers.
Number of passengers carried in 1999: 26,821,231. Number of routes served: Ten. Number of terminals: Twenty. Largest route: (traffic statistics): Seattle/Bainbridge Island, 7.26 million riders in 1999. Smallest route (traffic statistics): Inter-island (in the San Juans), 100,636 riders in 1999.
Average number of passengers per day: 1999 yearly average: 73,483. Summer 1999/peak season/May-Sept: 90,090. Winter 1999/Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb: 62,273.
Number of trips per day: Ferries average 586 departures / 586 arrivals per day. Average number of miles covered per day: 2,500 miles. Shortest route: Point Defiance/Tahlequah, 1.7 miles across.
Longest route: Anacortes/Sidney, British Columbia: 39.9 miles.
Number of employees: 1,850.
Average amount of fuel used per year: About 17 million gallons of diesel fuel per year. Ferries consume anywhere from 15 to 240 gallons of fuel per hour. Approximate amount of fuel saved by drivers using ferries: Enough fuel to run 64,000 cars for an entire year.
Operating Budget for Fiscal 1997-1999: $290.2 million.
Average number of cups of Starbucks coffee sold per week on the ferries by Marriott in 1999: 28,751 cups.
The vessel on this sailing is the SEALTH. It has elevator access from the auto deck to the passenger deck. The vessel has accessible restrooms and galley service located on the main passenger deck. The main passenger deck also has vending and newspaper machines.
SEALTH is an Issaquah (snake) 100 class. Length 328�; beam 78�8�; draft 15�6�; Max Passengers 1,200; Max Vehicles 100; Max Commercial Vehicles 30; Auto Clearance Deck 16�; Type Auto/Passenger Ferry; Engines 2; Horsepower 5,000; Speed in Knots 16; Propulsion Diesel; Gross Net Tonnage 2477/1772; City Built Seattle; Year Built/Re-Built 1982.
Meaning of Sealth: The Native American/Chinook two syllable pronunciation (see-alth) of Seattle, the chief of the Duwamish (the people living on the river) and Suquamish (old man house) tribes who befriended early settlers in the 1850-60�s.
June 3rd, 2011
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