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Photographer:John Kohnen [View profile]Title:River QueenAdded:Aug 07, 2005
Photo Category: Ferries
ON 222598. She was originally the Southern Pacific Railway ferry Shasta, built by the Bethlehem Steel Company shipyard at San Francisco about 1922. After bridges killed business on SF Bay Shasta was bought by Capt. Peabody's Black Ball Line and went to work on Puget Sound. She worked for Washington State Ferries after they bought out Capt. Peabody until 1958 when she was sold to interests on the Columbia River. Sometime later she was renamed River Queen and bacame a restaurant in Portland until 1995. Now she's rotting away on a remote stretch of the Columbia River across from Kalama, Washington. (July 25, 2005)
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John Kohnen on Aug 25, 2005 21:44 (12 years ago)
Puget Sound Navigation, the "Black Ball Line", owned by Captain Alexander Peabody was bought out by Washington State in 1951. Shasta was sold at this time and went to work for the state. Some of the former Black ball ferries are still in service with Washington State Ferries -- the "steel electrics" built in the 1920s -- though they're due for retirement in a few years. A descendant of a subsidiary of Puget Sound Navigation operates the ferry between Port Angeles and Victoria.

Capt. Peabody retained a few routes when he sold out the the state. He reorganized as a Canadian company, Black Ball Ferries, Ltd., and operated until 1961, when he sold most of his assets to the BC government.

Jacob Blondahl on Aug 25, 2005 02:19 (12 years ago)
Seems to me that I have read before that this was one of the Blackball ferries taken over by the B.C. Provincial govt. in the very early 1960's as they sought to grow the then quite new provincial ferry program now called BC Ferries. If it was it was not used for long as they built many new vessels throughout the 1960's
Kent Malo on Aug 18, 2005 00:54 (12 years ago)
I can pretty well guess she could spin a few yarns if she could talk. :-x. after viewing all your photos I find them all great, you never let us down.
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