The Kalakala, the historic but deteriorating ferry, has been moved to a new, temporary mooring near its previous mooring in Tacoma, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.
An adjacent landowner, Tacoma Industrial Properties, volunteered to temporarily moor the boat and built a 650-foot structure for that purpose. The ferry was moved close to the mooring late last month and moved into position yesterday.
Late last year, the Coast Guard declared the Kalakala a hazard to navigation because the existing mooring was deemed unsuitable, there was advanced degradation of the ship’s hull, and it lacked reliable bilge pumps.
“Our expectation is that these actions will greatly reduce the threat of the Kalakala sinking and blocking the channel for the near- to midterm,” said District Engineer Col. Bruce Estok in a statement.
The 276-foot ferry has been moored on the Hylebos Waterway for eight years. Its owner, Steve Rodrigues, has been trying to save the old vessel for years.