No, the San Francisco Bay passenger ferry M/V Mare Island didn’t get lost in the fog. It was supposed to be in Newport today….for fuel. The high capacity and fast moving catamaran ferry was on its way from the “other” Bay Area to the Puget Sound for some engine work. It pulled up alongside the South Beach Marina fuel docks in Newport, drank its fill, pulled a U-Turn and headed back out under the Yaquina Bay Bridge. From there, it motored out the jetties and hung a “starboard” north toward Anacortes, Washington, north of Seattle.
Maritime watcher Wayne Hoffman, who took the pictures, says the M/V Mare Island is one of four fast catamaran ferries owned and operated by the city of Vallejo on San Pablo Bay (NE San Francisco Bay) in their Baylink ferry service. They provide service from Vallejo to and from San Francisco. The ferries carry commuters and others from Vallejo and the Napa Valley into San Francisco and back.
M/V Mare Island and its sister vessel M/V Intintoli were built in 1997 at the Dakota Creek Shipyards in Anacortes, Washington and have been in service since. They are about 135’ long, draw only about 5 feet of water, and cruise at 40 mph, making the commute in about 60 minutes. Capacity is 300 passengers.