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Making ready for the move: Kalakala about to be scrapped

If you've got some time to kill in the wee hours of tomorrow morning, you might be able to catch a glimpse of the last moments of a piece of Puget Sound history. Sometime around low tide tomorrow morning - between 3 and 5 a.m. - mooring lines will be removed, and the Kalakala will begin its final journey.

Working with the tide and the help of a pair of tug boats, the historic ferry will be guided from her current spot on the Hylebos Waterway, out to Commencement Bay, and back up Blair Waterway, to where she willl meet her fate. The Kalakala will pass under the East 11th Street Bridge (not the Murray Morgan), and travel with a 100-yard security perimeter enforced by the Coast Guard to the appropriately named "graving dock." 

Work to dismantle the ferry could begin as early as Friday morning. Any metal from the process will go to a local scrap yard. There may or may not be souvenirs available at some point.

Read more at The News Tribune


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