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San Juan Archipelago, Washington State, United States
A society formed in 2009 for the purpose of collecting, preserving, celebrating, and disseminating the maritime history of the San Juan Islands and northern Puget Sound area. Check this log for tales from out-of-print publications as well as from members and friends. There are circa 650, often long entries, on a broad range of maritime topics; there are search aids at the bottom of the log. Please ask for permission to use any photo posted on this site. Thank you.

1965 ❖ Playing with Boats ❖

Captain A.F. Eikum (L), operating manager of 
the Washington State Ferries &
Jack Hogan, general manager,
with a scale model of proposed vessels to be known 

as the Super Class.
Model maker and photographer unknown.
Original photo from the archives
of the Saltwater People Historical Society
©

"The Highways Department unveiled the model of a proposed new ferry before a legislative committee and asked for indorsement of a plan to build four of the $5 million boats.
     The department said it will need four new ferries in the next few years to replace the seven that will have to leave the 20-boat fleet because of age.
      It displayed a model of a proposed ferry that could do 20 knots, carry 160 vehicles and 2,000 passengers and do double the work of any boat now in the system." Text from the Seattle Times. 15 January 1965



One page of the WA State Ferries
Fleet Guide
for the largest ferry fleet in the US.
Click image to enlarge for viewing the specifications
of the four vessels of the Super Class,
the HYAK, KALEETAN, YAKIMA, & ELWHA,
launched in San Diego, CA in 1967.
All four are still operating in the fleet but
are required to load fewer cars than the maximum
listed on this brochure.


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