July 10, 2015: Update on ferry service interruption in the San Juan Islands

WSF staff just sent the following message to members of the SJI Partnership group with the request that we pass it along. I will post additional updates as they become available.

The Elwha is out of service due to an electrical issue with the #2 drive motor that was discovered early this morning. The Elwha’s engine room crew and a team from WSF’s Eagle Harbor Maintenance Facility are troubleshooting and making repairs. The vessel will be out of service for the remainder of the day.


  • We are asking Anacortes/San Juan Islands customers to avoid traveling today if possible and are no longer accepting drive-up (standby) vehicles.
  • Existing reservation holders will be prioritized on a first come, first served basis, regardless of the time of their reservation.
  • We are adjusting the sailing schedule to provide as much service as possible and using the other vessels on this route to provide additional service between Anacortes and the islands.
  • We are proactively communicating with our customers via email, social media and online and providing information to local and statewide media. Customers are encouraged to sign-up for email alerts, check WSF’s website and follow us on Twitter (@wsferries) to receive the latest schedule information and updates.

Our hope is that the Elwha will be cleared to return to service by Saturday morning, but we are also developing contingency plans if this is not the case.

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Susan Brooks-Young has been involved in the field of instructional technology since 1979. She was one of the original technology users in the district where she taught and has continued to explore ways in which technology can be used to facilitate student learning. She has worked as computer mentor, technology trainer, and technology curriculum specialist. Prior to establishing her own consulting firm, Susan was a teacher, site administrator, and technology specialist in a county office of education in a career that spanned more than 23 years. Since 1986, she has published articles and software reviews in a variety of education journals. She is also author of a number of books which focus on how school leaders can implement the NETS*A Standards. Susan works with educators internationally, focusing on practical technology-based strategies for personal productivity and effective technology implementation in schools. Susan and her husband live on Lopez Island, WA.

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