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Historic Ferry

Premier Event Space

Our Ferry was once a naval transport vessel and a public service ferry for the M/V Steilacoom route in the Pierce County Ferry System. And now it’s ready to party – with you! Contact our Event Coordinator, to book a sunny summer day to celebrate your event in the most unique event space on Commencement Bay.

About the Point Ruston Ferry

The Point Ruston Ferry was originally built in 1936 by Bath Iron Works in Bath, ME. After serving a long career as a Naval transport vessel, the ferry was moved into public service as the M/V Steilacoom in the Pierce County Ferry System. Once acquired by Point Ruston, the M/V Steilacoom underwent a massive restoration and has been transformed into the incredibly beautiful M/V Point Ruston featuring a fully furnished kitchen and multiple event spaces for your gathering. Today, the Point Ruston Ferry is available for weddings and private events.




  • For event rentals, the M/V Point Ruston shall remain docked with dock side access for guests and catering.
  • The maximum capacity is 175 guests. (Note: 175 guests are not in one location, segmented in different rooms/levels)
  • All Catering and cleanup is not included or provided with the venue rental agreement. (Note: we have used a number of local catering companies and can recommend if needed)



Entertainment Spaces

There is a main Salon room that has a full kitchen, with several options for seating and table arrangements. The vessel also has a room that works very well as a convenient bar, with two bathrooms down the hall. In addition to the main salon, there are two dining halls that are split in the front portion of the vessel. The ferry also has third level deck space for additional tables and seating on the sides and bow (approx. 50-80), weather permitting. The roof is also available, weather permitting, with standing and seating options only (no tables) for approximately 50 guests.

Please contact us for seasonal rates and additional information.

Come Party on Our Boat!

Contact our Ferry Event Coordinator to schedule a sunny summer day for your event: