SEATTLE – The San Juan Clipper passenger ferry between Seattle’s waterfront and Friday Harbor is set to depart this year.
The FRS Clipper, which manages the service, has informed passengers with tickets that it has canceled all voyages to San Juan Island, as well as full-day whale watching tours for the 2022 season. The company has issued automatic compensation for 1,400 booked voyages.
The service was to begin on April 29 and continue until October 9. This means further frustration for passengers heading to the San Juan Islands: the announcement came after the Washington State Ferries vessel was temporarily decommissioned last week due to an incident with a weakened anchor aboard the Yakima. . WSF spokesman Ian Sterling says the 144-seat Kaleetan ferry has been operating on the San Juan Islands route since Saturday, retaining service on four ships.
The FRS Clipper decision does not affect the company’s passenger ferries between Seattle and Victoria, British Columbia, which resumed on April 15. The San Juan Clipper will continue to carry out whale watching tours south of Seattle.