After experiencing extreme vibration on the M/V Elwha, divers discovered a significant amount of rope entangled in the boat’s propeller shaft. Divers are currently working to remove the rope and inspect the vessel for further damage. In the meantime, Washington State Ferries has modified its sailing schedule to and from the San Juan Islands, which is as follows:
1:50 p.m. Friday Harbor to Anacortes, 2:15 p.m. Interisland service departing Friday Harbor (modified Sunday schedule, see note below: stops at Orcas and Shaw are cancelled), 2:40 p.m. Lopez to Anacortes, 3:45 p.m. Interisland departing Lopez, 4:45 p.m. Anacortes to Friday Harbor, 6:30 p.m. Friday Harbor to Anacortes.
Anacortes to Friday Harbor at 4 p.m., Anacortes to Friday Harbor at 6:45 p.m., Friday Harbor to Anacortes at 8:05 p.m.
Additional Schedule Adjustments:
The interisland vessel will operate on a Sunday schedule beginning at 2:15 p.m. It will depart Friday Harbor at 2:15, with a stop at Lopez Island at 3:05 p.m. before going to Anacortes. It will not stop at Orcas or Shaw Islands.
The 9 p.m. sailing departing Anacortes will leave approximately 45 minutes late, delaying scheduled stops at Lopez, Shaw, Orcas and Friday Harbor.
All reservation holders will be prioritized on a first-come, first-served basis. Those reservation holders who are unable to travel today will not be charged a “no-show” fee.
WSF recognizes that this is the first day of the San Juan Island County Fair, and a diminished inter-island schedule during the midday hours may impact island residents who are planning to visit San Juan Island. However, given the high volume of travelers visiting the islands from the mainland at this time of year, WSF felt that there is a greater need to move traffic between Anacortes and the islands.
WSF apologizes for the inconvenience and appreciates your patience and understanding.