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KALAKALA: Another option for ferry

Letter by Karl M. Duff, Port Orchard on May 15, 2012 at 11:57 am with 14 Comments »
May 15, 2012 1:15 pm

There is no reason why Kalakala needs an expensive restoration. It can do without engines, hull repair and all the expense of protecting lives at sea that a ferry requires.
It does not even require being afloat.

What is needed is a place to set it: a park close to the water and public transportation, plus basic utilities. The upper deck would make a fine restaurant or nightclub, and the auto deck could be made into a museum or entertainment center.

Tacoma would be an excellent location, since there is plenty of park land and/or pier space directly adjacent to Puget Sound.

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  1. surething says:

    I totally agree.

  2. RLangdon says:

    Karl and surething, Then why don’t the two of you go in on the deal and pay for it?

  3. Ortingmom says:

    I hope I am invited to the Grand Opening

  4. SwordofPerseus says:

    Karl Duff, heir to the great Duff Beer fortune seems like he is looking at this through some pretty thick beer goggles.

  5. sandblower says:

    There are two ways to solve the problem. Let “free market” forces intervene and wait with no guarantee to see what happens (it might sink) or pick the “socialist” move and have a government body pick up the tab for an immediate attraction that will probably need to be subsidized.
    It is an interesting old boat. There are several more old boats, two of which are special to me, tied up at the Bremerton Navy docks that would make great attractions. I bet the “free market” can’t do anything about them either except make scrap.

  6. Frankenchrist says:

    It will make a fine artificial reef.

  7. LarryWM44 says:

    This is a good reasonable option.

  8. mustangnorm says:

    Mr Duff if that is such a good thing. Why dont you invest your money and move it to port orchard ?

  9. Hey Karl, you gonna donate that land and the utilities necessary to create this? Not to mention the millions needed to make this into the dance hall of your dreams? No?

    Then don’t be encouraging another penniless dreamer to haul this up and dump it in his backyard where it can be an eyesore and hazard for another neighborhood.

    Let’s quit shuttling this problem back and forth and scrap this and be done with it. The time has passed for this project. It’s over. The Kalakala is no more viable on land than it is on sea.

  10. Pecksbadboy says:

    Did you even read the previous articles? It is not even sound enough to float to a location for scrap as is sitting on the bottom now?

    What are you asking for volunteers to pic it up and carry it somewhere?

  11. BigSwingingRichard says:

    I recommend we ship it to Mr Duffs front yard.

  12. As mentioned “top of the ocean” II

  13. On the other hand the water is probably holding it together. Beached it might crumble like a rotten egg!!!

  14. royboy361 says:

    That’s really a great idea.
    I hope the right people see this.

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