West Seattle’s Ferry To Nowhere 1916

October 21st, 2009 @ 12:03 am by Cliffe | Sorted Miscellaneous |
It’s not often that I get to link our vintage imagery to local current events, but here goes.
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Election Season 2009 has a new mini-controversy with King County Council Chair/County Executive candidate Hutchison accusing Constantine of promoting “ferries to nowhere.” Hit this WSB link for more. While you’re polishing up your faux outrage, check out the West Seattle “ferry to nowhere” in 1916. Click for the super high res.
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The sidewheeler steamboat ferry West Seattle. September 1916. Image courtesy Washington State Digital Archives.

5 Responses to “West Seattle’s Ferry To Nowhere 1916”

  1. A single passenger in a bowler hat, perhaps offloading some shady cargo while the pilot at the other end stalwartly pretends not to know…Ferry to nowhere indeed!

  2. Shannon says:

    I was wondering if this was a publicity photo and that’s why it was empty, except for one lone dude whose name and importance have been lost to us forever.

  3. Seattle Greg says:

    Could have also been end of the shift or refueling run. The sole fellow with the hat was obvously from Homeland Security, looking for those who voted against anexation… ; )

  4. @Seattle Greg – yup, Homeland Security Division of Pinkerton

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