Ferry Kalakala rams the ferry Chippewa on November 4, 1936.

  • By Alan J. Stein
  • Posted 6/09/1999
  • HistoryLink.org Essay 1200
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On November 4, 1936, the ferry Kalakala rams into the ferry Chippewa near Bremerton. As the two ferries are traveling through Rich Passage, fog and rain make visibility poor and they collide near Fort Ward. A 40-foot gash is torn in the side of the Chippewa, and five cars are knocked into Puget Sound. The Kalakala is only dented.

This is the first of a series of maritime mishaps that will follow the Kalakala during her years of service.


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

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