HISTORY OF TREK FERRY
The TREK Ferry, formerly known as the “Bob Ellis” and “Mt Marcy” has a rich and storied history that dates back to 1971. Originally built by Blount Marine in Warren, Rhode Island, it was named the "Mt Marcy" and was designed as a double-ended, 100-foot ferry capable of transporting 21 cars and 100 passengers. The ferry was used to connect Mobile and Dauphin Island and later transported vehicles from Charlotte, Vermont and Essex, New York.
In 1987, Mt Marcy was purchased by the State of Alaska and embarked on a journey from the Hudson River to New York City, down the east coast, through the Panama Canal, and finally north to Ketchikan, Alaska. Renamed the "Bob Ellis" after a local aviation pioneer, it was used to transport vehicles and passengers between the mainland and Ketchikan International Airport on Gravina Island.
In 2013, the TREK Ferry was privately purchased by Captain Dave Maeser and sailed down to Seattle, marking a new chapter in its history. Under Dave's ownership, the ferry was transformed into a private event venue, cruising the waters of Lake Union and Lake Washington. Over the years, the ferry has become a familiar sight on the waters of Seattle, often seen on cruises and participating in Seafair. Captain Dave Maeser remains at the helm of the ferry today and has established a reputation as a well-known and respected captain in the Seattle area.
In 2021, the TREK Ferry changed hands again and was purchased by Luke Groen, a local entrepreneur and yachting enthusiast, and his business partner Sean Eggelston, who brought expertise in the event industry and large-scale event production to the ownership team. During their first year, they made a lasting impression on the Seattle event scene by hosting the first-ever floating concert in the Puget Sound, held in front of the iconic Edgewater Hotel. This was followed by a series of successful floating concerts in Lake Union in partnership with Seafair along with other large events including Seattle’s 4th of July celebration at Gasworks Park and the annual Seafair Festivities on Lake Washington.
Today, the TREK Ferry continues to be a sought-after event space, primarily operating now out of the Hyatt Regency on Lake Washington. It offers a unique and memorable setting for corporate events, private gatherings, floating concerts, and much more. With its versatility and stunning location, the TREK Ferry is the perfect space for any special occasion.
In 2023, the TREK Ferry, in partnership with Hyatt Regency, has expanded its offerings to include ticketed cruises and dock-side events for the public. In addition to its popular privately chartered operations, this new addition will allow even more people to experience the magic of the TREK Ferry. Don't miss out on this exciting new opportunity to explore the beauty of the spectacular Pacific Northwest on the TREK Ferry.