I wondered how she was going to fare with the winds this week. I don't now any more details about this that what I copied below, but if I had to guess her master was trying to keep from putting the seas on her beam and got pinched. Admiralty Inlet is no place for a boat like that. Please, let's put the Chetzemoka onto a protected run like Point Defiance to Tahlequah, and put a more seaworthy vessel on the Port Townsend to Coupeville run. The joke isn't funny anymore.
|The mighty m/v Aileen|
THE ASSOCIATED PRESSSEATTLE -- A Washington State Ferries spokeswoman says 50 mile per hour winds and strong currents briefly pushed the state ferry Chetzemoka aground on a sandbar near Coupeville, Wash.
Spokeswoman Marta Coursey told KIRO-TV on Tuesday evening that passengers had been offloaded safely and the ferry was no longer on the sandbar west of the Coupeville dock.
She says ferry runs between Port Townsend and Coupeville have been canceled for the rest of the night.
Coursey says divers will determine whether the ferry suffered any damage in what she called a "soft grounding." She says no damage was immediately apparent.
The 64-car ferry entered service in November.