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Washington State Ferry sells for $300K

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The MV Evergreen State is retiring to Grenada

A metal gangway leads onto the car deck of a passenger ferry
The MV Evergreen State
Sarah Anne Lloyd

A Washington State Ferry will continue serving passengers—in the southern Caribbean. The MV Evergreen State, which Curbed Seattle toured earlier this week, sold to Jones Broadcasting LLC for $300,000.

The ferry, affectionately called the E-State by Washington State Ferries (WSF) staff, was custom built for WSF in 1954, and served Washington’s waters for more than six decades until it was officially decommissioned in January 2016.

The vessel will be moved out of Eagle Harbor Maintenance Yard to make room for maintenance needs for active ferries later this month. After a brief pit stop in Puget Sound. Its new owner will likely tow the ferry to Grenada in the early summer, or as soon as weather permits.

The Evergreen State, which features two surplus WWII drive motors, was initially listed for $450,000 on a state auction website, but the reserve later dropped to $300,000.

Even when WSF can get more money from scrapping a ferry, they’ll still try to keep a boat on the water after being decommissioned—and it sounds like the E-State will continue carrying passengers for years to come.