MV Hyak

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The MV Hyak in Rich Passage
Name: MV Hyak
Owner: WSDOT
Operator: Washington State Ferries
Port of registry: Seattle, Washington,  USA
Builder: National Steel and Shipbuilding Company shipyard, San Diego, California
Completed: 1967,
rebuilt in 1991
General characteristics
Class and type: Super Class auto/passenger ferry
Tonnage: 2,704 gross-tonnage
1,214 net-tonnage
Length: 382 ft 2 in (116.5 m)
Beam: 73 ft 2 in (22.3 m)
Draft: 18 ft 6 in (5.6 m)
Deck clearance: 15 ft 6 in (4.7 m)
Installed power: Total 8,000 hp from 4 x Diesel-Electric engines
Speed: 17 kn (31 km/h)
Capacity: 2500 passengers
160 vehicles (max 30 commercial)

The MV Hyak is a Super Class ferry operated by Washington State Ferries.

As of 2008, she is currently assigned to the Seattle-Bremerton route. The Hyak was built in 1967 at The National Steel and Shipbuilding Company shipyard in San Diego. Unlike her sisters the Hyak has not had her cabin refurbished.[1] She is still a steady runner however, being one of the most trouble-free boats of class. Hyak is chinook jargon for "speedy".[2]

The Hyak regularly serves the Seattle-Bremerton route. On October 2008, she was transferred to the Kingston-Edmonds route to replace the MV Walla Walla, which was discovered to have a damaged thrust bearing. The Hyak will serve that route until repairs to the Walla Walla are complete.[3]


On April 20, 1986, the Hyak ran aground in Anacortes, WA. None of the 250 people on board were hurt, but the ferry sustained damages that cost $250,000 to repair.[4]


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