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.