Tugboat begins towing burned hull of ferry Peralta from San Francisco to Seattle on October 12, 1933.

  • By Alan J. Stein
  • Posted 11/10/1998
  • HistoryLink.org Essay 319

From October 12 to 20, 1933, the tug Creole tows the burned hull of the ferry Peralta north from San Francisco to Puget Sound. Captain Alexander Peabody, of the Puget Sound Navigation Co. (The Black Ball Ferry Line), intends to use the hull to rebuild a modern, streamlined ferry. The ferry will be the renowned Puget Sound ferry Kalakala.

After an eight-day journey, the hull arrives at the Lake Washington Shipyard in Kirkland, Washington, and the project began under supervision of Black Ball marine superintendent James E. Murphy and naval architect Helmuth W. Schmitz.


M[ary] S. Kline and G. A. Bayless, Ferryboats: A Legend on Puget Sound (Seattle: Bayless Books, 1983), 229-247.

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