Ferry Evergreen State rams the south slip at Colman Dock on March 17, 1959.

  • By Alan J. Stein
  • Posted 3/04/2001
  • HistoryLink.org Essay 3047
On March 17, 1959, the ferry Evergreen State rams and almost demolishes the south slip at Seattle's Colman Dock. No one is injured, but repairs to the dock are estimated at $40,000.

The Evergreen State was returning to Seattle from Winslow (on Bainbridge Island) and was coming into the slip at about 5 knots when the reversing machinery failed. The ferry continued in, snapping off pilings a foot and a half thick, and smashing 14-inch square beams on the wing wall. The apron was sprung and pushed back under a girder, ending up only two feet from cars at the front of the boat.

The Evergreen State only suffered a few scratches, but the slip was out of commission for close to two weeks as it was repaired. The 8-year-old ferry had never had reversing problems in the past, and it was believed that strong winds may have played a part in the crash.


Sources: "Colman Dock Slip Crushed by Ferry," Seattle Post-Intelligencer March 18, 1959, pp. 1, 3.

Related Topics:   Infrastructure | Maritime | Washington State Ferries

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