Named after the magnificent silver salmon found in the British Columbia and Washington State waters, the M.V. Coho is a vehicle and passenger ferry crossing the Strait of Juan de Fuca between Victoria British Columbia's Inner Harbour and the city of Port Angeles in Washington State.
On board the vessel floor to ceiling windows, easily accessible outside decks, and the covered solarium provide passengers with stunning, close up views of the Olympic Peninsula and the wildlife that live in and around the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Ship amenities include a gift shop, featuring an array of unique gifts that reflect the essence of the west coast, and a cafeteria that serves a wide variety of hot and cold food and beverage items, including specialty sandwiches and soft serve ice cream.
M.V. Coho specifications:
Vehicle capacity: 115
Weight: Gross Tonnage: 5,135
Length: 341 feet / 104 meters
Width: 72 feet / 22 meters
Draft: 12.6 feet / 4 meters
Average sea speed: 15 knots
Power: two General Motors EMD 5,100/12 cylinder diesel
Propellers: Twin 8-foot stainless propellers with twin rudders
Other interesting facts:
Initially, the M.V. Coho not only serviced the Port Angeles to Victoria vehicle and passenger route, but also carried freight trucks between Seattle, Port Angeles, Port Townsend and Victoria for Black Ball Freight Service. Black Ball Freight Service was sold to ROCOR International in 1973.
The M.V. Coho was originally powered by two Cooper-Bessemer diesel engines rated at 2,080 BHP each. The Cooper-Bessemers were replaced in 2004 with two General Motors Electro-Motive Division main propulsion engines rated at 2,550 BHP each.
In addition to the engine refit, the Coho has undergone many improvements over the years, including additional seating, enlargement of the coffee shop, installation of a solarium, and a sewage treatment plant.