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Ferry Hyak is launched on December 17, 1966.
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On December 17, 1966, the superferry Hyak is launched at the San Diego yard of the National Steel & Shipbuilding Company, christened by Nancy Evans (b. 1933), wife of Washington Governor Dan Evans (b. 1925). The ferry is the first of four ferries being built for Washington State Ferries in its efforts to modernize their fleet. At the time of the launch hull construction of the Kaleetan is underway, and keels have been laid for the Elwha and Yakima.
Designed by W. C. Nickum & Sons, and financed by $23 million in state bonds and federal funds, the four ferries of the Hyak class were enlarged versions of the Evergreen State class, built by Puget Sound Bridge and Drydock Company in the mid-1950s. The new ferries were 382 feet long, carried 2,067 passengers and 160 automobiles, and had more than three times the horsepower of the Evergreen State class. At a service speed of 20 knots, the new ferries were 43 percent faster.
Originally, the state planned to retire several older ferries once the superferries were in service, but an economic boom at the time necessitated the retention of some of them.
The Hyak went into service on the Seattle-Bremerton run during July 1967. The trip took 45 minutes, compared to an hour and five minutes on older ferries.
The H.W. McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest, 1966 to 1976 ed. by Gordon Newell (Seattle: The Superior Publishing Company, 1977), xxi; "Boom Will Keep Old Ferries in Service," The Seattle Times, December 17, 1966, p. 10; "1 Ferry Launched, 2 More Started," The Seattle Times December 18, 1966, p. 34; "First New State Ferry Launched," Seattle Post-Intelligencer December 18, 1966, p. 3.
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