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KEN LAMBERT / THE SEATTLE TIMES

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How Washington's ferry system got into a mess with no easy fix in sight

Vern Day, a senior port engineer for Washington State Ferries, walks past a propeller on the car deck of the ferry Quinault at the Eagle Harbor repair facility on Bainbridge Island. Last November, maintenance on the Quinault stopped when the four ferries in the Steel Electric Class were pulled from service for safety reasons.