Kirkland purchases parts of iconic ferry Kalakala to be placed on Cross Kirkland Corridor
The streamlined ferry from the future, the M/V Kalakala was launched from Kirkland's Lake Washington Shipyards, in Houghton, on July 2, 1935 (at the current site of Carillon Point). The vessel carried commenting workers between Seattle and the Bremerton Naval Shipyards between 1935 and 1967. Kalakala spent the next 31 years in Alaska, serving as a crab processor in Dutch Harbor and later near Kodiak where it was run aground and used as a fish cannery.
After several failed attempts to raise funds to restore her, Kalakala was unceremoniously hauled around Pugest Sound waters, a rusting hulk from a long gone era. She was moved to Tacoma in September 2004, her final port of call.
On February 11, the City of Kirkland approved the purchase of several "souvenirs" salvaged from the historic M/V Kalakala to adorn the Cross Kirkland Corridor as public art. The items authorized for purchase include:
- Wheel room (excluding the front section made of copper)
- Two large doors - where cards entered
- Valve wheels (4)
- Hand railings
- Top silver section of the front of the boat with approximately 6 port holes
The authorized purchase price for this salvaged piece of Kirkland history was $50,000.