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MV Kalakala

The Kalakala used to ply the waters of Puget Sound as part of Washington's ferry fleet. It's a cool looking ship. When it was decommissioned, it went up to Alaska, where it essentially sat doing nothing. I believe it even was moved onto land for a while. Some enterprising preservationists got it back to Seattle a few years ago, with the idea of restoring it and turning it into a floating museum. That was the last I heard of it. They were raising money to make it into a museum, but didn't have enough yet.

Apparently they have had a horrible time of it. Maybe it made the news, maybe not, but that foundation is now bankrupt and the Kalakala is being auctioned off. Which is too damn bad. Wish I had the knowledge and time to do something about the boat. I see it frequently, docked on Lake Union near the I-5 bridge. It looks bad, but not too bad. Though that's not necessarily a reflection of its underlying condition.

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From: fritter242 Date: August 18th, 2003 10:39 am (UTC) (Link)
That really doesn't surprise me. We used to paddle by that thing all the time, and it looked like it was in pretty bad condition. It would be nice if whoever owns it could afford to dry dock and overhaul the bottom, as it's my understanding that it was going to be turned into a restaurant or something of the like. But it's just too damaged, maybe?
It is too bad. It's been part of the waterscape for quite a while. It will be sad when it goes. :(
On the upside, though, maybe they should sink it in the Sound and make a reef or something? :)
tricelt From: tricelt Date: August 18th, 2003 10:54 am (UTC) (Link)
Funny. Darren and I were talking about it last night. We were eating at Ivar's and had a good view of it up on the northend on Lake Union.

Hopefully it'll get a good new owner/home.
Heh, maybe Paul Allen will buy it...
liberpolly From: liberpolly Date: August 18th, 2003 11:06 am (UTC) (Link)
fuck. i was planning to turn it into art gallery, but forgot the whole project due to recent events in my life. too late now, i guess.
gkr From: gkr Date: August 18th, 2003 11:17 am (UTC) (Link)
You could always be theone to buy it at auction.
liberpolly From: liberpolly Date: August 18th, 2003 11:52 am (UTC) (Link)
i don't have money even for deposit...

i could've raised money if i had a month of head start.
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liberpolly From: liberpolly Date: August 18th, 2003 12:16 pm (UTC) (Link)

well, let's hope whoever buys it puts it to a good use.

anybody knows any rich maecenas?
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