SEATTLE (AP) — Washington State Ferries now says a classic old state ferry didn’t sell at auction after all.
The 48-car ferry Rhododendron had been reported sold for $300,000 in an online auction that closed Nov. 20.
Ferry system spokeswoman Marta Coursey tells the Kitsap Sun that the buyer has withdrawn the bid. The buyer used the online handle of “kingstontown.”
The spokeswoman said Friday that the would-be buyer had been in talks with another party seeking to purchase the boat, but the other party opted out — and so did the bidder. Coursey says he’ll forfeit a $50 deposit.
She says the ferry system will contact some other potential buyers who had expressed interest. If that doesn’t work, the vessel might be donated to a nonprofit company for training.
The ferry system originally estimated the Rhododendron’s market value at $750,000.