FRS Clipper cancels summer ferry service to San Juan Islands

SEATTLE — The San Juan Clipper passenger ferry between the Seattle waterfront and Friday Harbor will not sail this year.

FRS Clipper, which operates the service, informed ticketed passengers that it had canceled all sailings to San Juan Island, as well as full-day whale watching tours, for the 2022 season. The company issued automatic refunds for 1,400 booked sailings.

Service was scheduled to begin April 29 and continue through Oct. 9. It spells further frustration for passengers bound for the San Juan Islands: The announcement comes after a loose anchor incident aboard the Yakima last week temporarily knocked the Washington State Ferries vessel out of service. WSF spokesperson Ian Sterling says the 144-car Kaleetan ferry has been working the San Juan Islands route since Saturday, keeping the service at four ships.

FRS Clipper’s decision does not affect the company’s passenger ferry service between Seattle and Victoria, British Columbia, which resumed April 15. The San Juan Clipper will continue to operate half-day whale watching tours from Seattle.

Article Source: The Columbian