ON and OFF the BOAT Here is a collection of images made on ferries, on a pier in Anacortes, Washington, and a street near the pier. 1. Seen on Washington State’s Coupeville – Pt. Townsend ferry, 2021. We puzzled over this. Who gets to go? Where does it lead? I mean, “TANK RM NO. 2” isn’t going to hold us all! 2. A ferry safety net and shadow from the same trip. 3. Seen on the ferry to Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, Washington, 2018. 4. Seen on the Coupeville – Pt. Townsend ferry, 2019. It was a fog-filled crossing. 5. Seen on the Coupeville – Pt. Townsend ferry, 2021. Normally there are two ferries on this route; one holds 90 vehicles, the other holds 124 (but no more than 26 commercial vehicles). 1200 passengers can squeeze on but walk-on traffic is usually light. The ride takes about 35 minutes. The ferry may be canceled during extremely low tides and the fare will set you back from $3.60 to $245.00 and up depending on whether it’s just you, walking on and proving you’re over 65, or you driving a very large vehicle. 6. Seen on the historic Pier 1 in Anacortes, 2021. Anacortes is the only urban center on Fidalgo Island, Washington. The 15.53 square mile city (40.22 km) has about 18,000 residents, some of whom are Samish Indian Nation people, a Coast Salish tribe. Coast Salish have lived in the area for at least 14,000 years. 7. Seen on Pier 1 on the same day. Water from these hoses keeps the catch fresh during unloading. 8. Looking up from the deck of the ferry on the Coupeville – Pt. Townsend route, 2021. 9. Seen from the upper deck of the ferry to Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, 2018. 10. Seen at Pier 1, Anacortes, 2021. The 5,500 horsepower Crowley tugboat ‘Protector’ was built in 1996 as a ship assist and escort tug. This tugboat looked clean enough to eat a meal right on the deck. 11. Pier 1, Anacortes, 2021, the following day. ‘Protector’ is gone and a 1930s yacht, ‘Taconite’ has taken its place. The 125-foot yacht is tied up for two days. The ferry behind it is in drydock at Dakota Creek Industries, a large ship building and repair facility based in Anacortes. 12. Seen on the Coupeville – Pt. Townsend ferry, 2021. 13. Seen on the Coupeville – Pt. Townsend ferry, 2021. What a great-looking piece of machinery. 14. A warehouse near Pier 1 in Anacortes, 2021. The crane behind it is part of Dakota Creek’s operation. They are currently contracted to build six US Navy tugs. The tugs will tow and handle Navy carriers, surface ships, submarines and barges 15. One of Dakota Creek Industries’ buildings is graced by a telephone pole shadow, 2021. 16. The Anacortes Arts Festival juried art show, held inside the historic Transit Shed next to Pier 1. 2021. 17. A sculpture at the Anacortes Arts Festival juried art show frames a couple resting on the pier. The ferry in drydock is in the background. 2021. 18. Sunset seen from the Coupeville – Pt. Townsend ferry, 2021. *** Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading... Related This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.