reported on Monday, the former Washington State Ferry Kalakala,
currently tied up in Tacoma, Washington, may have a new home soon
owner of the Kalakala, Steve Rodrigues, would like to restore the 276-foot ship
to its 1935 Art Deco glory, and make it a centerpiece on the waterfront of Port
Angeles, on Washington's Olympic Peninsula. But, he adds there are other
possible homes for the unique ship.
retirement from ferry service, the Kalakala spent nearly 30 years beached in
Kodiak's Gibson Cove, serving as a fish processing plant. It was refloated and
towed to Seattle in 1998 by Peter Bevis, who bought it from the city of Kodiak.
-- (Kalakala 1 30 sec "We
basically have three ...Angeles to Victoria.")
tag to restore the Kalakala is now estimated to be 11-million dollars, a figure
which has skyrocketed in recent years. But despite the number of dot-com
billionaires in Washington State, Rodrigues says money not what the Kalakala
-- (Kalakala 2 32 sec "Why
haven't Paul Allen ... to make it beautiful.")
Rodrigues has for the ship is to replace the hull. The original hull came from
a San Francisco Bay ferry called the Peralta (per-alta), which burned to the
waterline in 1933, upon which the Kalakala's unique streamlined superstructure
was built. He said the Peralta's hull could be put on display while the
Kalakala sails on a new one.
many goals for the ship, it's obvious Rodrigues has a passion for the Kalakala
beyond it being a simple investment:
-- (Kalakala 3 48 sec "The
beauty of the ... and it was abused.")
says once the Kalakala is seaworthy again, he'd like to sail it back to Kodiak
for a visit. In the meantime, he's awaiting word on a 700,000-dollar National
Parks Service "Save America's Treasures" grant to begin work on the ship. The
Kalakala was added to the National Registry of Historic Places in 2006.