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Catalog Number WF 2387.A,B,C
Caption Ferries - PUGET (right) and CITY OF BELLINGHAM
Description 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 being increased from 141 to 146 feet and her beam from 26 to 43 feet. See H. W. MCCURDY MARINE HISTORY OF THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST, p. 402.

The ferry PUGET was built as the steam-powered vessel VASHONIAN. In 1925 it was repowered with a 320-horsepower Bolinder oil engine by the King & Winge Shipyard for the Puget Sound Navigation Company's Anacortes - Vancouver Island route. In 1931, "in a reversal of the usual trend," the ferry was repowered again, this time with "the steam engine from the WHIDBY (sic)." By the 1930s the vessel had been moved to the Whidbey Island - Mukilteo route. See H. W. McCURDY MARINE HISTORY OF THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST , p. 367.

The early landing place for passenger boats was Ocean Dock 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 1915, that company's Black Ball Line docked its domestic passenger vessels on the west side of Curtis Wharf at the foot of O Avenue; the company's international (Sidney, B. C.), and San Juan Islands ferries docked at the Guemes Ferry landing at the foot of Q Avenue. In 1923, a new route was added to serve Sidney, British Columbia, and the Black Ball Line consolidated its boat landings at Curtis Dock in 1928. See the 3-22-1928 ANACORTES AMERICAN and WF 0173, 0176.

Wallie V. Funk compiled this partial list of ferries that served Anacortes, the San Juan Islands, and British Columbia.
1920s: CITY OF ANGELES, MT. VERNON, PUGET, CITY OF BELLINGHAM, GLEANER, HARVESTER KING
1930s: ROSARIO, QUILCENE, CITY OF BREMERTON, CROSLINE, BAINBRIDGE
Date 1920s c. late
Photographer BRADY, Ferd
Collection Wallie Funk Collection
Subjects Maritime - Boat
Transportation - Maritime
Place - Anacortes, WA

Credit line Donated by Wallie Funk, Wallie Funk Collection
Place Anacortes, WA
Search Terms ferry
Ocean Dock
Mosquito Fleet
Puget Sound Navigation Company
Black Ball Line
Curtis Wharf
Guemes Ferry
landing
International Ferry Dock
McNaught Dock
Washington State Ferries
Ship Harbor
CITY OF BELLINGHAM
PUGET
Object Name Print, Photographic