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Wanna buy a ferry? Historic Kalakala for sale for only a buck

She’s years past her prime and has been stashed in Tacoma’s Hylebos waterway since 2004, but the historic Kalakala ferry could be yours for only a dollar – and an agreement to restore her to something resembling her 1930s art deco glory.

Owner Steve Rodrigues recently reached out on the ferry’s website asking for a partnership to help in the restoration process. He told King 5 news that he lost his lease and has until Jan. 1 to move.
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An update on the long saga of the Kalakala

The art deco ferry christened the Kalakala but nicknamed the Silver Slug is still docked in the Port of Tacoma, hoping for a rescue.

That’s where the local angle begins and ends. But Knute Berger at Crosscut.com provides an update on attempts to find a way to restore and display the historic vessel.

His report is here.