Storm-damaged Kalakala close to sinking; feds step in to stabilize listing ship

by Tim Flanagan on January 22, 2012


[Tim Flanagan photo from 2008; she looks worse now!]

Deborah Bach has this story at Three Sheets Northwest:

Damage to the Kalakala has caused the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to issue a call for a contractor to stabilize the vessel and move it to a new location on Tacoma’s Commencement Bay.

The 1926 ferry was blown into a derelict barge onshore Friday morning during the heavy windstorm that whipped through Puget Sound, recipe
according to the Corps. As the tide retreated, epilepsy
theKalakala got caught on the barge and began listing to port at about 30 degrees, leaving the deck less than a foot above water.

“The vessel is likely damaged and highly susceptible to further injury or deterioration with any sudden impact or severe movement,” according to a Corps document.

The Corps issued an emergency request looking for a contractor to stabilize the vessel and tow it to a new location on Commencement Bay.

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