So far, this has been the season of late-running ferries. According to Washington State Ferry Public Information Officer Ian Sterling, the problems mostly stem from the Yakima's propeller problem. It can't be fully repaired until space opens up in a repair facility at the end of July.
A combination of factors - road construction, bent propellors, late-running ferries - are making travel on Washington State Ferries in the San Juans a pretty miserable experience this spring. The winners of the worst ferry experience so far have to be the folks who tried to get home on the 8:25 p.m. sailing from Anacortes on Friday, June 1, 2018.
"Nooooooo! The ferry was already two hours delayed and then THIS! 10:30 pm and apparently stuck!" Karin Roemers-Kleven photo and quote
At 3 a.m. June 1, 1951, Washington State Ferries took over control from the Puget Sound Navigation Company (Black Ball Line), which had been operating the ferries for decades. Read all about the beginnings of WSF on historylink.org.
Evergreen State ferry sailing in the San Juan Islands before it was retired. Matt Pranger photo
SEATTLE – About 500,000 people are expected to hop aboard a ferry during the next five days (May 24 – 28). That means more than two times the population of the city of Spokane will be sailing around the Sound this Memorial Day weekend, the first busy weekend of the summer travel season.
Matt Pranger photo
The M/V Yakima will remain in service at reduced speeds until July 30 when dry dock space is available and repairs can be done. These delays listed below will be in place for the remainder of the spring schedule (June 23), and WSF will provide more information about expected delays on the summer sailing schedule closer to its start.