MV Illahee

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MV Illahee
Name: 1927-1940: MV Lake Tahoe
1940-present: MV Illahee
Owner: 1927-1940: Southern Pacific-Golden Gate Ferries Ltd
1940-1951: Puget Sound Navigation Company
1951-present: WSDOT
Operator: 1927-1940: Southern Pacific-Golden Gate Ferries Ltd
1940-1951: Black Ball Line
1951-present: Washington State Ferries
Port of registry: Seattle,  USA
Completed: Built: 1927
Refit: 1986
In service: 1927
Out of service: 2007
Notes: Official Number: 226588
Call Sign: WXT9366
General characteristics
Class and type: Steel Electric Class auto/passenger ferry
Length: 256 ft 2 in (78 m)
Beam: 73 ft 10 in (22.5 m)
Draft: 12 ft 9 in (3.9 m)
Deck clearance: 12 ft 7 in (3.8 m)
Installed power: Total 2,896 hp from 2 x Diesel-Electric engines
Speed: 12 kn (22 km/h; 14 mph)
Capacity: 616 passengers
59 vehicles (max 24 commercial)[1]

The MV Illahee is a Steel Electric Class ferry operated by Washington State Ferries.

Originally built as the MV Lake Tahoe in Oakland, California for the Southern Pacific Railroad, she started out serving on SP's Golden Gate Ferries subsidiary on San Francisco Bay. She was purchased by the Puget Sound Navigation Company in 1940, and she was moved to Puget Sound and renamed the MV Illahee until Washington State Ferries acquired and took over operations in 1951.[2]

She was serving on the inter-island route in the San Juan Islands when the entire Steel Electric class was withdrawn from service in November, 2007 due to hull corrosion issues.


  1. Vessel Information on the MV Illahee - WSDOT, WSF
  2. The MV Illahee -