By Guest Blogger Shawn Devine
The Chetzemoka made its initial journey up Puget Sound amid blustery skies and choppy seas on Saturday, April 3. Todd Pacific Shipyards moved the Chetzemoka from its home on Harbor Island where construction began in June 2009, to its temporary home at Everett Shipyard where crews will perform final outfitting, system testing and sea trials.
The journey began just before 8 a.m. as Western Towboat Company’s 72 foot, 2,500 horse power tugboat Westrac tied onto the Chetzemoka in preparation for the journey.
Chetzemoka crossed paths with several of its fellow Washington State Ferries along the way, including the Kitsap and Puyallup serving the Seattle/Bremerton and Edmonds/Kingston routes respectively. The journey ended around noon when the Chetzemoka arrived at Everett Shipyard, check out the photos
Todd is working to complete the Chetzemoka so that WSF can conduct several weeks of training and sea trials before it goes into service on the Port Townsend/Keystone route in late-summer 2010.
Here is a video of a portion of that trip courtesy of the West Seattle Blog: