Saturday, October 12, 2013

T-Town Sites 2



The Vashon Island Ferry.

Vashon Island lies across Commencement Bay from Ruston, a small town on the north tip of Tacoma. The crossing takes about 20 minutes and brings commuters from Vashon to Tacoma and returns them home again. Our usual ferry has been undergoing maintenance, so the Chetzenoka (pictured) has been substituted. In my 34 years of living in Tacoma I've ridden the ferry twice. Once with Linda to drive around the island and enjoy its rural sites, and once I walked on with my two girls. We sailed across and sailed back, watching the vehicles unload in between.

12 comments:

Randy Johnson said...

Been on a ferry one time in my life. Just a small one though in Virginia.

Wouldn't mind getting out there sometime. I do have friends in Tacoma.

Prashant C. Trikannad said...

Nice picture. The seagull appears to be guarding its territory. Do these ferries take vehicles on board?

Anonymous said...

The Staten Island Ferry (from Lower Manhattan) is one of the few great deals in New York. It's not cheap, it's free, and you get a spectacular view of the Statue of Liberty, the Wall Street area and part of the Borough of Churches (Brooklyn).

Prashant, when we were kids and the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge (current toll - $15 round trip) did not exist (it was finished in 1964), the only direct way from Brooklyn to Staten Island (to go on without going through Manhattan) was a ferry from the 69th St. Pier in Bay Ridge. Unlike the Staten Island Ferry that one did carry cars.

Jeff M. (from the geezer bus)

pattinase (abbott) said...

Ferries really make me sea sick. Must be the fumes from the cars.
Love the Staten Island one thoough. Cheapest way to see NYC

Prashant C. Trikannad said...

Thanks, Jeff. I have heard and read about the Brooklyn ferry, I think, in a Harold Robbins novel. That was years ago. We have ferries in India too with roll on-roll off (Ro-Ro) ramps primarily for cars and two-wheelers.

Anonymous said...

Patti, that always reminds me of the old I Love Lucy episode when they are getting ready for their trip to Europe and Fred takes Lucy on the Staten island Ferry to see if she'll get seasick.

We've taken the big car ferries from England to France & back, plus Wales to Ireland. We also took the train from Munich to Copenhagen and they put the whole train on the ferry.

Jeff M.

Cap'n Bob said...

Prashant: Yes, it carries vehicles. When you the island there's nothing around for miles.

When I was a kid my mother, two sisters, and I went aboard my father's ship off the waters of Norfolk, VA. He was a Navy man. A storm approached so we were put in a launch and put on a ferry that was crossing whatever body of water was there. The ferry pitched mightily as we worked our way shoreward, and I had a ball running up and down the pitching deck inside the passenger lounge.

Richard said...

My recollection is they make the cars turn off their engines during the crossing, so no fumes, Patti. Usually a smooth crossing anywhere in the Sound.

Cap'n Bob said...

Richard is right. And if the weather is nice you can go topside and enjoy the view.

Evan Lewis said...

Brings back memories of Top O' the Ocean.

Cap'n Bob said...

I took the photo after leaving Anthony's, which might have been in the same location.

Cap'n Bob said...

I should have said when you REACH the island there's nothing around for miles.