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Feb 4, 2009

WSF Steel Electrics may escape scrapping

Washington State Ferries' four 80-year old Steel Electric Class ferries may not be headed for scrap after all.

Back in September 2008, we reported that the four were to be sold for $500,000 to Environmental Recycling Systems (ERS) of Seattle. which planned to dismantle them in Mexico for scrap.

Reportedly the deal included a stipulation by the state that the ferries must not be used for passenger service, but must be dismantled, said ferries spokeswoman Marta Coursey.

Steel prices fell and the deal never closed.

Now local media are reporting that a new deal has been agreed. Real estate developer Managing Green of Tacoma submitted a winning (and sole) bid of $650,000 for the boats. Apparently its proposal involves "preservation for reuse." What that reuse might be remains a mystery.

A fifth Steel Electric, the Santa Rosa is currently moored at Pier 3 in San Francisco, where she serves both as office space and as a rental facility for Hornblower Cruises and Events.


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