Explosion damages ferry Kalakala on September 8, 1960.

  • By Alan J. Stein
  • Posted 6/02/1999
  • HistoryLink.org Essay 1212
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On September 8, 1960, the ferry Kalakala is damaged by an explosion while crossing Puget Sound. One of her pistons becomes hot and sticks, causing the explosion and ensuing fire in the engine room.

Two men were injured, and the ferry was taken off service for a few days.


M.S. Kline and G.A. Bayless, Ferryboats: A Legend on Puget Sound (Seattle: Bayless Books: 1983), 229-247.

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