Sunday's theft of the Victoria Clipper IV from Seattle's Pier 69 made national and international news, and well it should. It's not every day somebody steals a ferry and decides to go for a joyride. On December 1, 2013 an individual made his way onto the 132-ft. long Victoria Clipper IV and took it away from the dock and out onto Elliott Bay (read more about the accused man in Victoria BC's Times-Colonist and The Seattle Times). Fortunately, Company CEO and President Darrell Bryan was in his office at the time of the theft, and witnessed the vessel leaving the dock. He immediately contacted the authorities for assistance.
The US Coast Guard, Port of Seattle Police and Seattle Police Department responded and dispatched vessels immediately to the $8 million, 330-passenger vessel that was built in Bergen, Norway. A command center was established in the Port of Seattle buildings as responders arrived from the US Coast Guard, Seattle Police Department's SWAT Team and Bomb Squads, US Customs, Seattle Fire Department and EMTs. Foss Maritime also dispatched a tow boat to ensure that the drifting vessel was under control and eventually returned to Pier 69.
"As unfortunate as the situation was, it was a positive experience to see how all of the services worked together so seamlessly," stated Brian in a press release. The red-white-blue vessel was returned with minor damage and has resumed its daily scheduled service between Seattle and Victoria, BC.
Bryan said this was the first incident of its kind in 28 years, and Clipper Vacations will tighten up its security "if and where needed." On Monday morning after daybreak, razor wire was added to the fencing, and a security review meeting was held. There will also be an outside review and audit by Det Norske Veritas, an outside classification organizations.
Seattle to Victoria | Butchart Gardens Holiday Lights Tour Package
Now through January 5, 2014 passengers may sail to Victoria and take in the sights and sounds of BC's capital city on Vancouver Island. The Butchart Gardens Holiday Lights Tour Package includes a 3.5 tour of the gardens with its 10,000 lights and Twelve Days of Christmas displays; outdoor ice skating rink; carousel rides; and performances by the Traditional Carollers and Festive Brass. Overnight accommodations in a downtown hotel are included, with ample time on the second day to enjoy Victoria before returning to Seattle. Rates start at $189 Adults / $39 Child (5-11). Book online at Clipper Vacations or call 800.888.2535.