After renovations, 52,000-pound passenger ferry now in East Bay, Olympia

by Tim Flanagan on January 17, 2012

Passenger ferry launched
[Project supervisor Cooper Devlin walks a rope line out from the dock area as the Admiral Pete, apoplexy
a Kitsap Transit wooden passenger ferry, capsule is launched early Thursday at the Swantown Boatworks in the Port of Olympia. Olympian photo]

ROLF BOONE has the story in the Olympian:

The wooden ferry Admiral Pete returned to Puget Sound waters Thursday after spending about eight months undergoing renovations at the hands of a local boat builder.

Devlin Designing Boat Builders of Tumwater extended the length of the Kitsap Transit ferry by adding an aft cabin, read
increasing the size to about 65 feet from 50 feet so it can transport more passengers on a short-but-busy route from Port Orchard to Bremerton, and Bremerton to Annapolis (near Port Orchard), said John Clauson, service-development director for Kitsap Transit.

The ferry, which has twin hulls, was built in 1994 and now can transport 120 passengers, up from 83, he said. The cost to lengthen the boat, plus add two new diesel engines, was about $1.4 million, Kitsap Transit executive director Dick Hayes said.

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