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The144-car  Elwha had been set to return to service Saturday morning, but it will not happen. The 90-car Sealth will continue to fill in for the Elwha.

The Elwha again experienced problems with the propulsion control system, apparently the same problem that caused this week's repairs. It was on its way to Anacortes last evening and has returned to WSDOT’s Eagle Harbor Maintenance Facility for evaluation and repair. The cause of the problem is not known at this time.

On Friday, Washington State Ferries announced the Elwha would resume service with the first ferry run on Saturday morning, then at 2:30 this morning, WSF announced it would not return to service.  

The Elwha was pulled from service more than a week ago after it had a problem with the propulsion control cooling system while on a run in the islands. It sailed to the state Transportation Department’s Eagle Harbor Maintenance Facility for repairs.

Heavier than usual traffic on the Anacortes to Friday Harbor route was expected Friday and Saturday because of the San Juan County Fair.

The Elwha was built in 1967 and re-built in 1991. The Elwha can carry 1076 passenger, in addition to 144 vehicles.

The Elwha has a reputation as being incident prone. She has rammed numerous docks, run aground multiple times and was even taken on an alternate route by a captain in the San Juan Islands, who was trying to show a woman passenger her house from the water.

COVID-19 Cases in Skagit County

4,942 Confirmed Skagit Cases
400-409 Total Cases in ZIP 98221

318 Hospitalizations
67 Deaths
44,613 Fully Vaccinated
57,198 Initial Doses Given


379,100 Confirmed Cases Statewide
22,614 Hospitalizations

5,539 Deaths Statewide
2,419,434 Fully Vaccinated
3,368,279 Initial Doses Given

Updated 6 pm, May 5, 2021.

County Map: Confirmed COVID-19 cases by ZIP code in Skagit County. Updated weekly.

Sources: Skagit County Public Health, Washington State Department of Health, New York Times