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My husband's family owned a house on Coronado for many years. He recently found this 1968 photo of the ferry and the bridge under construction when going through his father's slides.
Amazing photo Polly. Thanks so much for sharing!
Wow, that's a classic. She's the old Silver Strand, once a cattle boat in Pacific NW. She was my favorite. You could really feel the ghosts of people/cattle past when you walked on her decks. Must have been those thin window cutouts because you were darker on her main deck, almost claustrophobic. Not necessarily a bad feeling, but what an eerie feeling, and obviously one that has stayed with me. She came to Coronado during WWII. Silver Strand ran here from 1944-'69.
Joe, my favorite also but face it we are just nostalgia type guys. I have to admit it was very difficult to fit my 1959 Ford in the narrow outside lane which was defined by a series of support poles. The cars the the Silver Strand were designed for weren't as big as our gas guzzlers. Of course, I doubt you could even fit today's large SUVs in that lane. Can you imagine the logistical nightmare of loading today's SUVs on the Silver Strand if the ferrys were still running?!?! The newer ferrys like the Crown City would not have a problem because of its vintage. Great picture....thanks for sharing it with us.
How interesting to me that you're focusing on the ferry instead of the bridge! Those of you who are nostalgic for the Coronado ferries should take a ferry vacation in Washington state. You could, for example, take the ferry from Seattle to Bainbridge Island. Then drive to Port Angeles on the Olympic Peninsula. Take the Coho to Victoria. Drive to Sydney. Ferry through the San Juan Islands (several stops available), to Anacortes. Drive to the Keystone landing and take the ferry to Port Townsend. Take the Kingston ferry to Edmonds, and drive back down to Seattle. Fabulous trip. Just be sure you travel in the direction in which passengers usually travel free. The Coronado ferry in this photo looks a lot like a Washington state ferry--that is, not at all obsolete. Happy travels!
I remember riding bicycles in the early 60s as an 11 or 12 year old and you could always tell when a ferry arrived as all of a sudden the traffic on Orange would get a little busy. No wonder we could peddle all over the island and not be impacted by traffic. What a great time it was.
Thanks for posting this photographic piece of history.
I just returned from visiting my son and his family in Mukilteo which is where you catch the ferry to Whidby Island (which we did). Polly is absolutely correct in there is a lot of island hopping fun to be had and the weather and scenery are beautiful this time of year. My wife and daughter-in-law were taking morning walks and discovered all the blackberries you could possibly eat in a vacant lot across from our hotel. I ate way too much blackberry pie but it was certainly delicious! After we left my son and his family took a trip to Orca's Island (their second). We plan to join them next trip. Oh, and yes I love watching and riding the ferries up there.
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