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Say Farewell to the Kalakala
It appears that the end is near for the Kalakala. The historic ferry launched in 1927 in California, suffered a series of mishaps, and was rebuilt in Washington in the iconic Art Deco design we know.
After sailing the Puget Sound for more than three decades she was retired and went through a series of less than dignified existences, including use as a fish cannery. Ultimately she was towed to Tacoma in 2004, where despite the efforts of well-meaning supporters, she continued to deteriorate.
A lot of people, including current owner Karl Anderson, have invested a lot of money and effort trying to restore the ferry, but the structural challenges and environmental threats have proven insurmountable.
At high tide on January 22 the Kalakala will be towed to the Blair Waterway, where she will be cut up for scrap, according to The News Tribune. After such a long fight to save her, it seems highly improbably that the historic ferry will get a last-minute stay of execution.
"... Anybody who wants to stop this should have about $25 million in their pocket.”
Anyone have a spare $25 million to save a piece of Puget Sound history?
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