The final voyage of the ferry Kalakala — 2.5 miles to the site along Tacoma’s Blair Waterway where it will be demolished — is expected to begin before dawn Thursday.
Moored along the Hylebos Waterway for 10 years, the boat will be towed with the tide early to a graving dock where it will be scrapped.
The Kalakala first found notoriety in California as the sadly fated Peralta, which burned to the waterline and was rescued by the owner of a Washington ferry line.
It was towed to Lake Washington where it was refitted with a shiny, unique, iconic, Art Deco superstructure.
It served the waters of Puget Sound until being retired and repurposed as a seafood-processor both on sea and aground in Alaska.
Efforts to save and restore her have failed.
“This is where it’s going to die,” said Paul Zankich, principle naval architect with Columbia-Sentinel Engineers.
Two tugs operated by Quigg Brothers Inc., Ironman and Fury, will escort the ferry from the Hylebos to the Blair.
The first tug tied on Wednesday. Mooring lines to the Kalakala were to be removed between 3 and 5 a.m.
Officials were to notify the bridge tender at 11th Street to raise the bridge, and the boat should pass through soon thereafter.
Generators on board the ferry will continue to power the pumps should the hull begin to take on water.
The tugs are expected to make 2.5 knots on a journey that should last just over an hour, depending on the weather.
The tugs will position the Kalakala bow-first and guide it into place.
As water is pumped from the graving dock, the Kalakala is expected to hit bottom, and begin to list, about 7:30 a.m.
Crews will remove the generators, sensors and other equipment from the Kalakala.
Deconstruction of the boat might begin as early as Friday. Material derived from the Kalakala will be taken by truck to a local scrap yard.
And besides that, it will be dark.