New Jersey-based fisheries company buys the Rhody

The Rhododendron, a 65-year-old ferry that was retired from the state fleet last year, has found a new home.

The Rhododendron

The Rhododendron, a 65-year-old ferry that was retired from the state fleet last year, has found a new home.

Atlantic Capes Fisheries, Inc., based in Cape May, N.J., purchased the boat for $275,000, according to Marta Coursey, a spokeswoman for Washington State Ferries (WSF). The company, which owns and operates oyster, scallop and geoduck farms along both the East Coast and the coast of Vancouver Island, plans to use the boat as its operations support vessel for its scallops aquaculture sites around Vancouver, Coursey said.

Atlantic Cape Fisheries plans to drive the Rhody, with a retired WSF crew, to Nanaimo, B.C., next week, she said. The state and the fisheries company closed on the deal Tuesday.

The Rhododendron was originally built in Baltimore in 1947 and was restored in 1993 to serve the Point Defiance-Tahlequah run. The Rhody — a classic ferry, with brass railings, polished benches and a wrap-around exterior deck — was the oldest in the state’s fleet when it was retired a year ago.

When the state put it up for sale, WSF officials said it was valued at $750,000. An entity with the online handle “Kingstontown” offered $300,000 to purchase it last fall, a deal that never materialized. After the state got no other takers, officials said it was possible the ship could be given away to a maritime engineering program.

 


Talk to us

Please share your story tips by emailing editor@vashonbeachcomber.com.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://www.vashonbeachcomber.com/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) Please keep letters to 300 words or less.

More in News

Vashon Emergency Operations Center COVID-19 Pandemic Situation Report

Here’s what you need to know about Sept. 8 to Sept. 14.

As online school rolls out, district touts progress

Vashon teachers, students, and administrators are getting into the groove of online education.

Planning for emergencies on island doesn’t stop at virus

Focused on COVID-19, VashonBePrepared is drilling for events such as fire, landslide or earthquake.

Vashon Emergency Operations Center COVID-19 Pandemic Situation Report

Here’s what you need to know about Sept. 1 - Sept. 7.

Unhealthy air expected Thursday night through Saturday

Wildfire smoke from Oregon, California moving into the region

Backbone Campaign seeks to grow an economy without a single dollar

Organization will launch time bank with community teach-in from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19.

New group aims to help support online learning

FAVE will offer support in handling internet connectivity problems, new computer setup, and more.

New orca calf born to J Pod

J35, known as Tahlequah, has given birth, according to the Center for Whale Research.

Should state cover school bus costs if there are no riders?

With funding tied to getting students to school, districts are uncertain how much money they’ll receive.

Most Read