Dramatic Photos Show Ferry in Windstorm
The best pictures are on the photographers site
By Kitsap Sun Staff
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Early this week, a sequence of ferry photos taken during the Oct. 18 windstorm started flying across the Internet. The photos are in a gallery shown at the left. (Click the photos to see larger images.)
Later in the week, the photographer added some text explaining the situation, but didn't include his name. On Friday the Kitsap Sun was able to find out from Washington State Ferries that the photographer is Ross Fotheringham of Everett. He subsequently gave his permission for kitsapsun.com to display the photos, along with a link to his website, http://www.pbase.com/trackside_photography
Here is the description he provided:
"On Thursday, October 18th, Western Washington was hit with a 50+ MPH wind storm. Here are my pictures of the event. After work I made my way down to the Mukilteo Lighthouse Park where I witness the Mukilteo to Clinton ferry taking a pounding.
"These Issaquah 130 Class ferries are over 300 feet long and 78 feet wide and weight in at 2477 tons (4,954,000 lbs) unloaded ...
"During storms like this the crew plots a course which puts the ferry in the least vulnerable position, but at some point they have to change course, and when they did Puget Sound made up for lost time.
"After this run the ferry system stopped running at full capacity and ran 1/2 empty for the rest of the night.
"Note that there are no longer cars visible in the last shot. I'm sure they were washed into the cars behind them. Each shot was taken 0.3 seconds apart hand held at 320mm's.
"I'm glad you guys liked them; I was amazed at what I saw through the lens.
"During the wind storm I like to go down to the Lighthouse Park in Mukilteo and watch the ferries, but I've never seen a ferry take a hit like that.
"After this run they added a third ferry and ran them 1/2 empty.
"Someone either PM'd me or posted that I should send these to the WS Ferry System. I tried to sell them a much tamer, but similar shot and they told me these kind of shots don't promote rider ship. I couldn't argue that one."
Washington State Ferries spokeswoman Hadley Greene said Friday that Fotheringham's description of the route's operations wasn't totally accurate. A third vessel wasn't added to the route, but the boats did run with "short loading" in the center.
Not a single run was canceled on the Clinton-Mukilteo route and only two in the entire system, she said.