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Art-Deco Ferry ›Kalakala‹ (Quelle)

The streamlined ferry Kalakala, widely considered the finest art-deco sculpture ever crafted, underwent dramatic preparations for her return to Puget Sound waters. The first picture you'll see shows the Kalakala in the Fall of 1995, when the work began in earnest. During the time between then and the long voyage back to Puget Sound over four years later, Kalakala Foundation president, Peter Bevis, and a dedicated crew of machinists, technicians, and industrial artists worked steadily to prepare the silver bullet and to protect her from further decay. This great crew and many volunteers did a remarkable job with little or no pay, relying on their creative resources to accomplish what has been called impossible. The 1997 work plan included the final cleanup of the boat, including debris removal and electrical work. In late '97, strategic excavating around the hull was undertaken to make as accurate an assessment of her condition as possible. Cleanup was an enormous job. Tons of concrete had to be removed from the car deck, and hundreds of gallons of oil, sludge, and sea water were pumped from the bilge. As the excavation continued, tons of sand and boulders were moved away from her sides, the cove was dredged, and welding was done to secure the hull and its watertight bulkheads in preparation for the tow back to Puget Sound. On June 24th, after touch and go final hour negotiations with the city and the Coast Guard, the removal of the Kalakala from Gibson Cove was successfully accomplished. At 3 o'clock in the morning, pushed by bulldozers and pulled by tugs, the Kalakala was wrested from the beach. The event was cheered by the crew and Kodiak's residents as she glided across Gibson Cove.