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    Default Weird Ferry Sighting

    Heading south in Puget Sound this afternoon, I spotted a Washington State Ferry northbound, which seemed odd as no ferry route run in that fashion.

    When it got closer, I realized that a tug was pushing the ferry. I suspected that the ferry was the Cathlamet, severely damaged last week in what the ferry system called "a hard landing." I was wrong: the ferry was the Kennewick.

    Why push a functional ferry with a tugboat? Lack of manpower to move the ferry? Cost? I have no idea and have never seen a tug moving a ferry before.

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    I heard something earlier about a ferry on the Port Townsend - Coupeville run being out of service.

    Must have been KENNEWICK. Wonder what broke?
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    But I am not sure why a tug was taking the ferry back to Port Townsend/Keystone run. (I know it's now Port Townsend Coupeville, but Coupeville is on the other side of the island.... and I can't bring myself to use the new name for the run.)
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    Default Re: Weird Ferry Sighting

    It looks like the front is loose.

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    Default Re: Weird Ferry Sighting

    I see ferrys north/southbound out here often, occasionally with tug. I think Eagle Harbor is the maintenance yard.

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    Spares at the ready. Cathlamet will be $1M plus at a shipyard.
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    Default Re: Weird Ferry Sighting

    I saw a WA State ferry towed once, but never pushed.
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    Default Re: Weird Ferry Sighting

    How does a tug push a boat like that and keep it going straight?

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    Default Re: Weird Ferry Sighting

    Might be a ferry steering issue, under her own power with a push boat as rudder?

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    Default Re: Weird Ferry Sighting

    Maybe the tug was stranded and the ferry is pulling her to safe harbor.
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    Default Re: Weird Ferry Sighting

    Quote Originally Posted by jpatrick View Post
    How does a tug push a boat like that and keep it going straight?

    Jeff
    The same way that a pusher tug keeps a string of barges straight.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Default Re: Weird Ferry Sighting

    Quote Originally Posted by ron ll View Post
    Might be a ferry steering issue, under her own power with a push boat as rudder?
    Think of it as a large outboard motor...

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