Four Steel Electrics vintage ferries from Washington State Ferries go to the breakers

24th June 2009, 17:25
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SEATTLE -- After a year of trying, Washington State Ferries finally has sold its four beloved Steel Electrics.

Eco Planet Recycling, Inc. of Chula Vista, Calif., paid $200,000 for the Steel Electric-class vessels in a deal completed last week.

The firm plans to tow them to a shipyard in Mexico next month to be dismantled and sold as scrap.

"The Steel Electric class vessels served as unforgettable icons of life in the Pacific Northwest," said David Moseley, assistant state transportation secretary in charge of the ferry system.

Departure of these boats -- the Klickitat, Quinault, Illahee and Nisqually -- will close a memorable chapter of marine history that began with their launch in California in the 1920s.

Brought to Washington in the 1930s, these workhorses carried cars, people and freight across the Puget Sound until November 2007 when they were pulled from service and retired because of concerns about the integrity of their aging hulls. .....cont/....

10th July 2009, 13:04
Don't they use nice terms in the US? 'Dismantled' and 'Integrity of their ageing hulls' I wonder if that means Broken Up and Worn Out? :o