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Originally published Friday, November 30, 2012 at 10:49 PM

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Classic old WA state ferry not sold after all

Washington State Ferries now says a classic old state ferry didn't sell at auction after all.

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SEATTLE —

Washington State Ferries now says a classic old state ferry didn't sell at auction after all.

The 48-car ferry Rhododendron had been reported sold for $300,000 in an online auction that closed Nov. 20.

Ferry system spokeswoman Marta Coursey tells the Kitsap Sun ( http://is.gd/Vnyjcr) that the buyer has withdrawn the bid. The buyer used the online handle of "kingstontown."

The spokeswoman said Friday that the would-be buyer had been in talks with another party seeking to purchase the boat, but the other party opted out - and so did the bidder. Coursey says he'll forfeit a $50 deposit.

She says the ferry system will contact some other potential buyers who had expressed interest. If that doesn't work, the vessel might be donated to a nonprofit company for training.

The ferry system originally estimated the Rhododendron's market value at $750,000.

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Information from: Kitsap Sun, http://www.kitsapsun.com/

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