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'Pretty amazing thing:' Hundreds gather aboard ferry for unique eclipse viewing experience

Hundreds boarded the Washington State Ferry Chimacum for an unobstructed view from the waters of Puget Sound. (Photo: KOMO News)

SEATTLE, Wash. -- The Sky darkened and the temperature dropped and all eyes were on the sky. Those in Seattle may not have seen then sun completely disappear behind the moon but it was extremely close.

Hundreds boarded the Washington State Ferry Chimacum for an unobstructed view from the waters of Puget Sound.

As the moon began to tiptoe across the sun, high above Seattle’s Colman Dock the cars lined up and the people did too.

The 10:00 a.m. sailing from Seattle to Bremerton provided eclipse chasers a powerful perspective of one of nature’s grandest spectacles.

“It looks like a crescent moon, even though it’s a crescent moon at the top, with a dark circle imposed over it,” said Clarissa Brown, who took a few hours away from work to watch the eclipse from the ferry.


As the sun’s shape changed and a slight darkness fell across Puget Sound hundreds gazed through their protective eye wear, boxes and even cameras.

“Watching this for the last 45 minutes to an hour transform is a pretty amazing thing,” said Dan Bugge of Seattle.

Onlookers shared solar eclipse glasses so everyone could see what ‘s now become a day in history.

“A family gave one to us cause they had an extra and we gave it to another family,” said Mary Davidsen who was on the ferry to view the eclipse. “Now everybody has just been sharing, just walking up to people saying don’t you want to see it?”

So many wanted to see those fleeting minutes filled with a view few have ever seen.

“It’s kind of camaraderie,” said Shelia Phillips onboard the Chimacum. “You know we are out here for the same thing to experience it together.”

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