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Image of 2006.084.001 - Menu

2006.084.001 - Menu

Menu of Black Ball Line (ferry service). Marked "Menu" at the top of cover; "Puget Sound Navigation Co." at the bottom. Black and white photo collage depicting Northwest scenes are on both front and back cover. Original.

Image of 2013.092 - Map

2013.092 - Map

This is a scanned copy of a pre-1935 Black Ball Ferry Lines brochure which was found and purchased by Eric Erickson from the Anacortes antiques store "The Predecesors". One side has a map of the San Juan and Puget Sound area with place names and ferry routes as well as ships of the line and the Black Ball Ferry Line creed. The reverse side lists 19 tours which may be taken in the area using the Black Ball ferries. At that time the line also ran out of Anacortes. The brochure was sub-titled, "Seeing the Puget Sound Country by Motor and Ferry" and has a Triple A sign on the cover.

Image of 1997.111 - State Ferry Dock

1997.111 - State Ferry Dock

Ferry terminal with sign, "Black Ball Line", cars parked in front, and ferry in background and Guemes Island in far background. On back : "Old State Ferry Dock, now the Guemes Ferry. Black Ball Ferry Landing."

Image of WF 2195 - CITY OF BELLINGHAM - ferry

WF 2195 - CITY OF BELLINGHAM - ferry

Photo of the Orcas Island ferry, CITY OF BELLINGHAM, approaching the Orcas ferry dock. The Orcas Hotel, WF 2193, is visible on the hillside above the ferry dock. Ferry history from http://www.evergreenfleet.com/quilcene.html, "The CITY OF BELLINGHAM began life in 1916 as the passenger steamer KITSAP II for the Kitsap County Transportation Company, or ' White Collar Line' as it was known. By the 1920s, the automobile was already becoming king, and in order to survive, companies were converting steamers left and right until proper auto ferries could be built. Retaining her machinery, the KITSAP II was stripped down and rebuilt to carry cars, emerging in 1942 as the ferry CITY OF BELLINGHAM.

Image of WF 2375 - Puget Sound Navigation Co. Ferry Landing

WF 2375 - Puget Sound Navigation Co. Ferry Landing

This view is of Puget Sound Navigation Company's ferry landing for its Black Ball ferry line at Curtis Dock at the foot of O Avenue on Guemes Channel. People appear to be waiting for the ferry to load or unload. Various ferry landings have served Fidalgo Island since 1890. The traditional landing place for passenger boats at that time was the Ocean Dock located at the foot of P/Commercial Avenue on the Guemes Channel. Vessels of "Mosquito Fleet" vintage continued to dock there until those wooden vessels gradually became obsolete and transportation routes were consolidated on the Sound by such lines as the Puget Sound Navigation Company. Starting around c. 1915, that company's Black Ball

Image of WF 2376 - Puget Sound Navigations Co. Ferry Landing

WF 2376 - Puget Sound Navigations Co. Ferry Landing

This view is of Puget Sound Navigation Company's ferry landing for its Black Ball ferry line at Curtis Dock at the foot of O Avenue on Guemes Channel. Passengers are debarking the vessel. Various ferry landings have served Fidalgo Island since 1890. The traditional landing place for passenger boats at that time was the Ocean Dock located at the foot of P/Commercial Avenue on the Guemes Channel. Vessels of "Mosquito Fleet" vintage continued to dock there until those wooden vessels gradually became obsolete and transportation routes were consolidated on the Sound by such lines as the Puget Sound Navigation Company. Starting around c. 1915, that company's Black Ball Line docked its domestic

Image of WF 2377.A,B,C - Puget Sound Navigation Co. Ferry Landing

WF 2377.A,B,C - Puget Sound Navigation Co. Ferry Landing

This view is of Puget Sound Navigation Company's ferry landing for its Black Ball ferry line at Curtis Dock at the foot of O Avenue on Guemes Channel. Passengers are debarking the ferry, CITY OF ANGELES, which was built in California in 1906. The vessel's name is visible through the top of the ferry ramp; see also WF 2224, 2226, 2386. She began serving the newly initiated Anacortes-San Juan Island run in 1923. "The newly converted ferry CITY OF ANGELES, chartered from the Puget Sound Navigation Co., was placed in service in May between Anacortes and Sidney, B. C., with stops at Orcas and Roche Harbor in the San Juan Islands, by the Victoria-Anacortes Ferry Co., headed by Capt. Harry W. Crosby

Image of WF 2378 - CITY OF KINGSTON - Curtis Dock

WF 2378 - CITY OF KINGSTON - Curtis Dock

This view is of Puget Sound Navigation Company's ferry landing for its Black Ball ferry line at Curtis Dock at the foot of O Avenue on Guemes Channel. Passengers are debarking the ferry, which appears to be the CITY OF KINGSTON, judging from the life ring on the boat in the upper left corner of the image. Various ferry landings have served Fidalgo Island since 1890. The traditional landing place for passenger boats at that time was the Ocean Dock located at the foot of P/Commercial Avenue on the Guemes Channel. Vessels of "Mosquito Fleet" vintage continued to dock there until those wooden vessels gradually became obsolete and transportation routes were consolidated on the Sound by such li

Image of WF 2390 - Steamer - KULSHAN

WF 2390 - Steamer - KULSHAN

The KULSHAN, named for the Indians' traditional name for Mt. Baker of Koma Kulshan, was built in Seattle in 1910 by the Moran Shipbuilding Company, a "first-class steel screw steamer." This view is labeled, "No. 14, Str. Kulshan, at Anacortes, Wash., Bower & Brady." The vessel weighed 926 tons, with dimensions of 160.3 x 32 x 20.7, and "was equipped with triple-expansion engine (17, 28, 47.5 x 36) with steam at 225 pounds working pressure from two oil-fired water tube boilers. The engine developed 1,100 horsepower. Her contract speed of 13 knows was easily exceeded on her four-hour continuous teaming trials, during which she averaged 14.32 knots." Following her construction, the KULSHAN serve

Image of WF 2379 - CITY OF KINGSTON - Curtis Dock

WF 2379 - CITY OF KINGSTON - Curtis Dock

This view is of Puget Sound Navigation Company's ferry landing for its Black Ball ferry line at Curtis Dock at the foot of O Avenue on Guemes Channel. Passengers are debarking the ferry, which appears to be the CITY OF KINGSTON, judging from the life ring on the boat in the upper left corner of the image. Various ferry landings have served Fidalgo Island since 1890. The traditional landing place for passenger boats at that time was the Ocean Dock located at the foot of P/Commercial Avenue on the Guemes Channel. Vessels of "Mosquito Fleet" vintage continued to dock there until those wooden vessels gradually became obsolete and transportation routes were consolidated on the Sound by such li

Image of WF 2380.A,B,C,D - Anacortes-Sidney ferry dock, Curtis Wharf

WF 2380.A,B,C,D - Anacortes-Sidney ferry dock, Curtis Wharf

This view is of Puget Sound Navigation Company's ferry landing for its Black Ball ferry line at Curtis Dock at the foot of O Avenue on Guemes Channel. Melville Curtis constructed the dock in 1903 as a terminal for daily passenger and freight service to the San Juan Islands and Seattle. In 1925, Curtis expanded the dock and constructed a new ferry slip to accommodate large auto ferries. This image offers a good view of the ferry landing without passengers or autos. Note the Customs office at left, and signs near the ferry landing for "San Juan island cars [left]" and "Sidney, B. C. cars [right]." The ticket office on the left side is near the ferry ramp. The snack shop at right side has signs

Image of WF 2381 - Puget Sound Navigation Co. Ferry Landing

WF 2381 - Puget Sound Navigation Co. Ferry Landing

This view is of Puget Sound Navigation Company's ferry landing for its Black Ball ferry line at Curtis Dock at the foot of O Avenue on Guemes Channel. Melville Curtis constructed the dock in 1903 as a terminal for daily passenger and freight service to the San Juan Islands and Seattle. In 1925, Curtis expanded the dock and constructed a new ferry slip to accommodate large auto ferries. This image offers a good view of the ferry landing without passengers or autos. Note the Customs office at left, and signs near the ferry landing for "San Juan island cars [left]" and "Sidney, B. C. cars [right]." The ticket office on the left side is near the ferry ramp. There is also a sign on the building a

Image of WF 2382 - Ferry BAINBRIDGE

WF 2382 - Ferry BAINBRIDGE

This view of the ferry BAINBRIDGE on the Guemes Channel is labeled, "#97, Anacortes-Sidney Ferry Bainbridge - Anacortes, Wash., Brady." This gasoline powered ferry was built in 1908 by the Lake Washington Shipyard in Houghton for the Kitsap County Transportation Company (KCTC). It was one of three ferries, including the VASHON and KITSAP, that served the KCTC and hastened the development of the Kitsap Peninsula as well as Vashon Island. Puget Sound Navigation Company (PSNC) purchased the BAINBRIDGE c. 1918. When PSNC sold out to the newly created Washington State Ferries in 1951, the BAINBRIDGE was withheld from the sale to begin service in a new company called Black Ball Ferries Ltd., organi

Image of WF 2383 - Ferry CHIPPEWA

WF 2383 - Ferry CHIPPEWA

This is a view of the ferry CHIPPEWA landing at International Ferry Dock and 6th and I Avenue; it is the present-day site of the Guemes Ferry. It is labeled, "#99, Anacortes - Victoria - San Juan Ferry - Anacortes, Wash., Brady." See also WF 2384 and D.IX.116. Note the snack bar at the lower right corner; this was run by Claude and Marie Hapeman. On the left, cars exiting the ferry appear to be going through customs inspection, which would mean that this ferry run was from Victoria. The 212' x 53' twin-funneled, steel express ferry CHIPPEWA was built in 1900 in Toledo, Ohio, for use on the Great Lakes. It was purchased in 1907 by Puget Sound Navigation Company and brought round the Horn,

Image of WF 2384 - Ferry - CHIPPEWA

WF 2384 - Ferry - CHIPPEWA

This is a view of the ferry CHIPPEWA landing at International Ferry Dock and 6th and I Avenue; it is the present-day site of the Guemes Ferry. It is labeled, "#100, Anacortes - Victoria - San Juan Ferry - Anacortes, Wash., Brady." See also WF 2383. The 212' x 53' twin-funneled, steel express ferry CHIPPEWA was built in 1900 in Toledo, Ohio, for use on the Great Lakes. It was purchased in 1907 by Puget Sound Navigation Company and brought round the Horn, an eighty-day voyage with many difficulties. After repairing the vessel, she was put on the Seattle-Victoria run. The 2-1-1926 ANACORTES AMERICAN reported the ferry was to be rebuilt. Due to the increase of car travel in the Puget Sound regi

Image of WF 2385 - Ferry - CITY OF ANACORTES

WF 2385 - Ferry - CITY OF ANACORTES

This ferry, CITY OF ANACORTES, was part of Inland Passenger & Express Company owned by William H. Kasch. It is unsure if he was the same Kasch family as the shopkeeper in WF 0134. The 66 x 12 foot passenger and freight boat was built in 1909 by William Reed on Decatur Island and operated between Friday Harbor, Waldron, Decatur, and Anacortes. According to H. W. McCURDY MARINE HISTORY OF THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST, p. 161, it was powered by a 65-horsepower Troyer-Fox engine. Various ferry landings have served Fidalgo Island since 1890. The traditional landing place for passenger boats at that time was the Ocean Dock located at the foot of P/Commercial Avenue on the Guemes Channel. Vessels

Image of WF 2386 - Ferry - CITY OF ANGELES

WF 2386 - Ferry - CITY OF ANGELES

This ferry, CITY OF ANGELES, was built in California in 1906. She began serving the newly initiated Anacortes-San Juan Island run in 1923. "The newly converted ferry CITY OF ANGELES, chartered from the Puget Sound Navigation Co., was placed in service in May between Anacortes and Sidney, B. C., with stops at Orcas and Roche Harbor in the San Juan Islands, by the Victoria-Anacortes Ferry Co., headed by Capt. Harry W. Crosby", according to H. W. MCCURDY MARINE HISTORY OF THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST, p. 336. She was powered by a 65-horsepower Troyer-Fox engine. That same year, the ANACORTES AMERICAN reported that the new ferry to Sidney was "very successful and attracts thousands of visitors. Puge

Image of WF 2387.A,B,C - Ferries - PUGET (right) and CITY OF BELLINGHAM

WF 2387.A,B,C - Ferries - PUGET (right) and CITY OF BELLINGHAM

Two ferries, CITY OF BELLINGHAM and PUGET, near the Anacortes landing. The ferries were owned by the Puget Sound Transportation Company's Black Ball Line. The CITY OF BELLINGHAM was built in 1916 as the steam ferry KITSAP II for the Kitsap County Transportation Company. A ferry call KITSAP, owned by W. L. Gazzan, ran between Anacortes, Bellingham and Seattle daily in 1910; see "Kitsap starts run on February 28th" in the 2-17-1910 ANACORTES AMERICAN. Retaining her machinery, KITSAP II was stripped down and rebuilt to carry cars, emerging in 1924 as the ferry CITY OF BELLINGHAM. She was acquired by the Puget Sound Navigation Company and in 1929 rebuilt at Houghton as the QUILCENE, her length be

Image of WF 2388 - Ferry - CITY OF BREMERTON

WF 2388 - Ferry - CITY OF BREMERTON

The CITY OF BREMERTON was built in Everett in 1901 for the Thompson Steamboat Company and originally named the MAJESTIC. Sometime after 1910, the vessel was acquired by the Puget Sound Navigation Company and renamed the WHATCOM. It served the Seattle- Bellingham route with stops in Anacortes. See the ad in the 7-19-1917 ANACORTES AMERICAN and WF 5422. Shortly thereafter, the vessel was completely replaced on this run by the KULSHAN; see WF 2390. In 1921, the WHATCOM was converted to a car ferry capable of carrying 60 cars and 1500 passengers and renamed CITY OF BREMERTON for the Seattle - Bremerton run. It was broken up in 1939. See also WF 2378, 2379, 2389. Various ferry landings have s

Image of WF 2389 - Ferry - CITY OF BREMERTON

WF 2389 - Ferry - CITY OF BREMERTON

The CITY OF BREMERTON was built in Everett in 1901 for the Thompson Steamboat Company and originally named the MAJESTIC. Sometime after 1910, the vessel was acquired by the Puget Sound Navigation Company and renamed the WHATCOM. It served the Seattle- Bellingham route with stops in Anacortes. See the ad in the 7-19-1917 ANACORTES AMERICAN and WF 5422. Shortly thereafter, the vessel was completely replaced on this run by the KULSHAN; see WF 2390. In 1921, the WHATCOM was converted to a car ferry capable of carrying 60 cars and 1500 passengers and renamed CITY OF BREMERTON for the Seattle - Bremerton run. It was broken up in 1939. See also WF 2378, 2379, 2388. Various ferry landings have s