Monday, April 9, 2012

"Slow boat to China?"

At first glance, this front-page item in a recent Kitsap Sun (Bremerton Washington) newspaper would render the Washington State Ferry System completely impotent!

It would be faster to travel by canoe or outboard motor boat!

Confused phrasing is embarrassing. What the writer meant to communicate is this:

The Washington State Ferry system has ordered two ferries, the Klayhowya and Tillicum, to slow down by two knots, on their appointed routes.

This is an effort to extend the lives of aged engines.

Both the Klayhowya and Tillicum are scheduled for replacement over the next few years.

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