A man who told police he took the Victoria Clipper ferry from its Seattle waterfront berth as a birthday present to himself has been sentenced to nearly 2 ½ years in prison.

Samuel McDonough of Preston was able to break the ferry away from the dock on Dec. 1 but didn't know how to operate the vessel, which was spotted drifting in Elliott Bay. The 33-year-old was eventually arrested.

KOMO-TV reports that McDonough was sentenced Friday. He earlier pleaded guilty to burglary and theft charges.

He also told police he was a "pirate" and said he wanted to go to Victoria, British Columbia.

In charging papers, prosecutors say McDonough took the $8 million, 480-ton boat after climbing through a hole in a fence and using keys he found in the boat's pilot house.

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  • An injured passenger from the Seastreak Wall Street ferry waits to be taken to an ambulance, in New York, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013. The ferry from Atlantic Highlands, N.J., banged into the mooring as it arrived at South Street in lower Manhattan during morning rush hour, injuring as many as 50 people, at least one critically, officials said.(AP Photo/Richard Drew)

  • Passengers from the Seastreak Wall Street ferry wait to be taken to ambulances, in New York, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013. The ferry from Atlantic Highlands, N.J., banged into the mooring as it arrived at South Street in lower Manhattan during morning rush hour, injuring as many as 50 people, at least one critically, officials said.(AP Photo/Richard Drew)

  • An injured passenger from the Seastreak Wall Street ferry is interviewed by a New York City Police officer, in New York, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013. The Seastreak Wall Street ferry from Atlantic Highlands, N.J., banged into the mooring as it arrived at South Street in lower Manhattan during morning rush hour, injuring as many as 50 people, at least one critically, officials said.(AP Photo/Richard Drew)

  • Commuter Ferry Accident In Lower Manhattan Injures A Dozen People

    NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 09: An injured person is carried to a waiting ambulance following an early morning ferry accident during rush hour in Lower Manhattan on January 9, 2013 in New York City. About 50 people were injured in the accident, which left a large gash on the front side of the Seastreak ferry at Pier 11. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

  • Commuter Ferry Accident In Lower Manhattan Injures A Dozen People

    NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 09: An injured person is carried to a waiting ambulance following an early morning ferry accident during rush hour in Lower Manhattan on January 9, 2013 in New York City. About 50 people were injured in the accident, which left a large gash on the front side of the Seastreak ferry at Pier 11. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

  • Commuter Ferry Accident In Lower Manhattan Injures A Dozen People

    NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 09: An injured person is carried to a waiting ambulance following an early morning ferry accident during rush hour in Lower Manhattan on January 9, 2013 in New York City. About 50 people were injured in the accident, which left a large gash on the front side of the Seastreak ferry at Pier 11. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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    An injured man is evacuated after a commuter ferry slammed into a pier in New York, January 9, 2013. About 50 people were injured when a rush-hour ferry packed with commuters smashed into a pier in New York City on Wednesday, firefighters said. The accident took place at 8:45 am (1345 GMT) on Pier 11 in the East River in lower Manhattan, not far from Wall Street, the New York Fire Department said. The ferry was arriving from New Jersey. 'We are assessing 50 patients on the scene right now. We don't know what kind of injuries they have,' an NYFD spokeswoman said. AFP PHOTO/EMMANUEL DUNAND (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Commuter Ferry Accident In Lower Manhattan Injures A Dozen People

    NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 09: Injured passengers are aided following an early morning ferry accident during rush hour in Lower Manhattan on January 9, 2013 in New York City. About 50 people were injured in the accident, which left a large gash on the front side of the Seastreak ferry at Pier 11. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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    New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg inspects the damage after the commuter ferry slammed into a pier in New York, January 9, 2013. About 50 people were injured when a rush-hour ferry packed with commuters smashed into a pier in New York City on Wednesday, firefighters said. The accident took place at 8:45 am (1345 GMT) on Pier 11 in the East River in lower Manhattan, not far from Wall Street, the New York Fire Department said. The ferry was arriving from New Jersey. 'We are assessing 50 patients on the scene right now. We don't know what kind of injuries they have,' an NYFD spokeswoman said. AFP PHOTO/EMMANUEL DUNAND (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

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    New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg inspects the damage after the commuter ferry slammed into a pier in New York, January 9, 2013. About 50 people were injured when a rush-hour ferry packed with commuters smashed into a pier in New York City on Wednesday, firefighters said. The accident took place at 8:45 am (1345 GMT) on Pier 11 in the East River in lower Manhattan, not far from Wall Street, the New York Fire Department said. The ferry was arriving from New Jersey. 'We are assessing 50 patients on the scene right now. We don't know what kind of injuries they have,' an NYFD spokeswoman said. AFP PHOTO/EMMANUEL DUNAND (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

  • A victim of the Seastreak Wall Street ferry accident waits to be carried by stretcher to an ambulance, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013 in New York. The ferry from New Jersey made a hard landing at the dock as it pulled up to lower Manhattan during Wednesday morning rush hour, injuring as many as 50 people, at least one critically, officials said. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

  • An injured passenger from the Seastreak Wall Street ferry is taken to an ambulance, in New York, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013. The ferry from Atlantic Highlands, N.J., banged into the mooring as it arrived at South Street in lower Manhattan during morning rush hour, injuring as many as 50 people, at least one critically, officials said.(AP Photo/Richard Drew)

  • Victims of the Seastreak Wall Street ferry accident are aided by rescue personnel, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013 in New York. The ferry, rear, from New Jersey made a hard landing at the dock as it pulled up to lower Manhattan during Wednesday morning rush hour, injuring as many as 50 people, at least one critically, officials said. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

  • Commuter Ferry Accident In Lower Manhattan Injures A Dozen People

    NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 09: An injured person is carried to a waiting ambulance following an early morning ferry accident during rush hour in Lower Manhattan on January 9, 2013 in New York City. About 50 people were injured in the accident, which left a large gash on the front side of the Seastreak ferry at Pier 11. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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    NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 09: An injured person is carried to a waiting ambulance following an early morning ferry accident during rush hour in Lower Manhattan on January 9, 2013 in New York City. About 50 people were injured in the accident, which left a large gash on the front side of the Seastreak ferry at Pier 11. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

  • Commuter Ferry Accident In Lower Manhattan Injures A Dozen People

    NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 09: An injured person is carried to a waiting ambulance following an early morning ferry accident during rush hour in Lower Manhattan on January 9, 2013 in New York City. About 50 people were injured in the accident, which left a large gash on the front side of the Seastreak ferry at Pier 11. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

  • Commuter Ferry Accident In Lower Manhattan Injures A Dozen People

    NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 09: An injured person is carried to a waiting ambulance following an early morning ferry accident during rush hour in Lower Manhattan on January 9, 2013 in New York City. About 50 people were injured in the accident, which left a large gash on the front side of the Seastreak ferry at Pier 11. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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    A security personel surveys the damage to the hull of a commuter ferry after it slammed into a pier in New York, January 9, 2013. About 50 people were injured when a rush-hour ferry packed with commuters smashed into a pier in New York City on Wednesday, firefighters said. The accident took place at 8:45 am (1345 GMT) on Pier 11 in the East River in lower Manhattan, not far from Wall Street, the New York Fire Department said. The ferry was arriving from New Jersey. 'We are assessing 50 patients on the scene right now. We don't know what kind of injuries they have,' an NYFD spokeswoman said. AFP PHOTO/EMMANUEL DUNAND (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

  • US-ACCIDENT- SEA-FERRY

    A security personel surveys the damage to the hull of a commuter ferry after it slammed into a pier in New York, January 9, 2013. About 50 people were injured when a rush-hour ferry packed with commuters smashed into a pier in New York City on Wednesday, firefighters said. The accident took place at 8:45 am (1345 GMT) on Pier 11 in the East River in lower Manhattan, not far from Wall Street, the New York Fire Department said. The ferry was arriving from New Jersey. 'We are assessing 50 patients on the scene right now. We don't know what kind of injuries they have,' an NYFD spokeswoman said. AFP PHOTO/EMMANUEL DUNAND (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

  • US-ACCIDENT- SEA-FERRY

    An injured man is evacuated after a commuter ferry slammed into a pier in New York, January 9, 2013. About 50 people were injured when a rush-hour ferry packed with commuters smashed into a pier in New York City on Wednesday, firefighters said. The accident took place at 8:45 am (1345 GMT) on Pier 11 in the East River in lower Manhattan, not far from Wall Street, the New York Fire Department said. The ferry was arriving from New Jersey. 'We are assessing 50 patients on the scene right now. We don't know what kind of injuries they have,' an NYFD spokeswoman said. AFP PHOTO/EMMANUEL DUNAND (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

  • US-ACCIDENT-SEA-FERRY

    Injured people are evacuated after a commuter ferry slammed into a pier in New York, January 9, 2013. About 50 people were injured when a rush-hour ferry packed with commuters smashed into a pier in New York City on Wednesday, firefighters said. The accident took place at 8:45 am (1345 GMT) on Pier 11 in the East River in lower Manhattan, not far from Wall Street, the New York Fire Department said. The ferry was arriving from New Jersey. 'We are assessing 50 patients on the scene right now. We don't know what kind of injuries they have,' an NYFD spokeswoman said. AFP PHOTO/EMMANUEL DUNAND (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

  • US-ACCIDENT-SEA-FERRY

    Injured people are evacuated after a commuter ferry slammed into a pier in New York, January 9, 2013. About 50 people were injured when a rush-hour ferry packed with commuters smashed into a pier in New York City on Wednesday, firefighters said. The accident took place at 8:45 am (1345 GMT) on Pier 11 in the East River in lower Manhattan, not far from Wall Street, the New York Fire Department said. The ferry was arriving from New Jersey. 'We are assessing 50 patients on the scene right now. We don't know what kind of injuries they have,' an NYFD spokeswoman said. AFP PHOTO/EMMANUEL DUNAND (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

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    An injured woman is evacuated after a commuter ferry slammed into a pier in New York, January 9, 2013. About 50 people were injured when a rush-hour ferry packed with commuters smashed into a pier in New York City on Wednesday, firefighters said. The accident took place at 8:45 am (1345 GMT) on Pier 11 in the East River in lower Manhattan, not far from Wall Street, the New York Fire Department said. The ferry was arriving from New Jersey. 'We are assessing 50 patients on the scene right now. We don't know what kind of injuries they have,' an NYFD spokeswoman said. AFP PHOTO/EMMANUEL DUNAND (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

  • US-ACCIDENT-SEA-FERRY

    Injured people are evacuated after a commuter ferry slammed into a pier in New York, January 9, 2013. About 50 people were injured when a rush-hour ferry packed with commuters smashed into a pier in New York City on Wednesday, firefighters said. The accident took place at 8:45 am (1345 GMT) on Pier 11 in the East River in lower Manhattan, not far from Wall Street, the New York Fire Department said. The ferry was arriving from New Jersey. 'We are assessing 50 patients on the scene right now. We don't know what kind of injuries they have,' an NYFD spokeswoman said. AFP PHOTO/EMMANUEL DUNAND (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

  • US-ACCIDENT-SEA-FERRY

    Injured people are evacuated after a commuter ferry slammed into a pier in New York, January 9, 2013. About 50 people were injured when a rush-hour ferry packed with commuters smashed into a pier in New York City on Wednesday, firefighters said. The accident took place at 8:45 am (1345 GMT) on Pier 11 in the East River in lower Manhattan, not far from Wall Street, the New York Fire Department said. The ferry was arriving from New Jersey. 'We are assessing 50 patients on the scene right now. We don't know what kind of injuries they have,' an NYFD spokeswoman said. AFP PHOTO/EMMANUEL DUNAND (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

  • US-ACCIDENT-SEA-FERRY

    Firemen inspect the damage after a commuter ferry slammed into a pier in New York, January 9, 2013. About 50 people were injured when a rush-hour ferry packed with commuters smashed into a pier in New York City on Wednesday, firefighters said. The accident took place at 8:45 am (1345 GMT) on Pier 11 in the East River in lower Manhattan, not far from Wall Street, the New York Fire Department said. The ferry was arriving from New Jersey. 'We are assessing 50 patients on the scene right now. We don't know what kind of injuries they have,' an NYFD spokeswoman said. AFP PHOTO/EMMANUEL DUNAND (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Commuter Ferry Accident In Lower Manhattan Injures A Dozen People

    NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 09: People watch as injured passengers are aided following an early morning ferry accident during rush hour in Lower Manhattan on January 9, 2013 in New York City. About 50 people were injured in the accident, which left a large gash on the front side of the Seastreak ferry at Pier 11. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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    Firemen inspect the commuter ferry after it slammed into a pier in New York, January 9, 2013. About 50 people were injured when a rush-hour ferry packed with commuters smashed into a pier in New York City on Wednesday, firefighters said. The accident took place at 8:45 am (1345 GMT) on Pier 11 in the East River in lower Manhattan, not far from Wall Street, the New York Fire Department said. The ferry was arriving from New Jersey. 'We are assessing 50 patients on the scene right now. We don't know what kind of injuries they have,' an NYFD spokeswoman said. AFP PHOTO/EMMANUEL DUNAND (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Onlookers watch as security personel inspect the commuter ferry that slammed into a pier in New York, January 9, 2013. About 50 people were injured when a rush-hour ferry packed with commuters smashed into a pier in New York City on Wednesday, firefighters said. The accident took place at 8:45 am (1345 GMT) on Pier 11 in the East River in lower Manhattan, not far from Wall Street, the New York Fire Department said. The ferry was arriving from New Jersey. 'We are assessing 50 patients on the scene right now. We don't know what kind of injuries they have,' an NYFD spokeswoman said. AFP PHOTO/EMMANUEL DUNAND (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Commuter Ferry Accident In Lower Manhattan Injures A Dozen People

    NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 09: Injured passengers are aided following an early morning ferry accident during rush hour in Lower Manhattan on January 9, 2013 in New York City. About 50 people were injured in the accident, which left a large gash on the front side of the Seastreak ferry at Pier 11. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

  • Commuter Ferry Accident In Lower Manhattan Injures A Dozen People

    NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 09: A gash in the Seastreak ferry is viewed following an early morning ferry accident during rush hour in Lower Manhattan on January 9, 2013 in New York City. About 50 people were injured in the accident, which left a large gash on the front side of the Seastreak ferry at Pier 11. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

  • Commuter Ferry Accident In Lower Manhattan Injures A Dozen People

    NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 09: A gash in the Seastreak ferry is viewed following an early morning ferry accident during rush hour in Lower Manhattan on January 9, 2013 in New York City. About 50 people were injured in the accident, which left a large gash on the front side of the Seastreak ferry at Pier 11. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

  • Commuter Ferry Accident In Lower Manhattan Injures A Dozen People

    NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 09: Injured passengers are aided following an early morning ferry accident during rush hour in Lower Manhattan on January 9, 2013 in New York City. About 50 people were injured in the accident, which left a large gash on the front side of the Seastreak ferry at Pier 11. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

  • Commuter Ferry Accident In Lower Manhattan Injures A Dozen People

    NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 09: An injured person is carried to a waiting ambulance following an early morning ferry accident during rush hour in Lower Manhattan on January 9, 2013 in New York City. About 50 people were injured in the accident, which left a large gash on the front side of the Seastreak ferry at Pier 11. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

  • Commuter Ferry Accident In Lower Manhattan Injures A Dozen People

    NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 09: An injured person is carried to a waiting ambulance following an early morning ferry accident during rush hour in Lower Manhattan on January 9, 2013 in New York City. About 50 people were injured in the accident, which left a large gash on the front side of the Seastreak ferry at Pier 11. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

  • New York City firefighters remove an injured passenger of the Seastreak Wall Street ferry, in New York, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013. The Seastreak Wall Street ferry from Atlantic Highlands, N.J., banged into the mooring as it arrived at South Street in lower Manhattan during morning rush hour, injuring as many as 50 people, at least one critically, officials said. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

  • Injured passengers of the Seastreak Wall Street ferry are aided, in New York, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013. The ferry from Atlantic Highlands, N.J., banged into the mooring as it arrived at South Street in lower Manhattan during morning rush hour, injuring as many as 50 people, at least one critically, officials said.(AP Photo/Richard Drew)

  • Injured passengers of the Seastreak Wall Street ferry are aided, in New York, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013. The ferry from Atlantic Highlands, N.J., banged into the mooring as it arrived at South Street in lower Manhattan during morning rush hour, injuring as many as 50 people, at least one critically, officials said.(AP Photo/Richard Drew)

  • New York City firefighters remove an injured passenger of the Seastreak Wall Street ferry, in New York, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013. The ferry from Atlantic Highlands, N.J., banged into the mooring as it arrived at South Street in lower Manhattan during morning rush hour, injuring as many as 50 people, at least one critically, officials said.(AP Photo/Richard Drew)

  • An injured passenger of a New Jersey ferry is loaded into an ambulance, in New York, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013. The Fire Department says at least 50 people were injured when the ferry struck a dock during rush hour. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

  • New York City firefighters walk the deck of the Seastreak Wall Street ferry in New York, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013. The ferry from Atlantic Highlands, N.J., banged into the mooring as it arrived at South Street in lower Manhattan during morning rush hour, injuring as many as 50 people, at least one critically, officials said.(AP Photo/Richard Drew)

  • New York City firefighters walk the deck of the Seastreak Wall Street ferry in New York, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013. The ferry from Atlantic Highlands, N.J., banged into the mooring as it arrived at South Street in lower Manhattan during morning rush hour, injuring as many as 50 people, at least one critically, officials said.(AP Photo/Richard Drew)

  • An injured passenger of the Seastreak Wall Street ferry is aided by New York City firefighters, in New York, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013. The ferry from Atlantic Highlands, N.J., banged into the mooring as it arrived at South Street in lower Manhattan during morning rush hour, injuring as many as 50 people, at least one critically, officials said. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

  • A victim of the Seastreak Wall Street ferry accident is carried on a stretcher by rescue personnel, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013 in New York. The ferry, rear, from New Jersey, made a hard landing at the dock as it pulled up to lower Manhattan during Wednesday morning rush hour, injuring as many as 50 people, at least one critically, officials said. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

  • New York City firefighters survey damage to the Seastreak Wall Street ferry in New York, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013. The ferry from Atlantic Highlands, N.J., banged into the mooring as it arrived at South Street in lower Manhattan during morning rush hour, injuring as many as 50 people, at least one critically, officials said.(AP Photo/Richard Drew)

  • An injured passenger from the Seastreak Wall Street ferry is taken to an ambulance, in New York, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013. The ferry from Atlantic Highlands, N.J., banged into the mooring as it arrived at South Street in lower Manhattan during morning rush hour, injuring as many as 50 people, at least one critically, officials said.(AP Photo/Richard Drew)

  • An injured passenger from the Seastreak Wall Street ferry is taken to an ambulance, in New York, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013. The ferry from Atlantic Highlands, N.J., banged into the mooring as it arrived at South Street in lower Manhattan during morning rush hour, injuring as many as 50 people, at least one critically, officials said.(AP Photo/Richard Drew)

  • An injured passenger from the Seastreak Wall Street ferry is taken to an ambulance, in New York, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013. The ferry from Atlantic Highlands, N.J., banged into the mooring as it arrived at South Street in lower Manhattan during morning rush hour, injuring as many as 50 people, at least one critically, officials said.(AP Photo/Richard Drew)

  • A hole is torn near the bow of the Seastreak Wall Street ferry after it banged into the mooring as it arrived at a pier in New York's financial district Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013. Police and fire officials say 30 to 50 people were injured when the ferry struck a dock during the morning rush hour. (AP Photo/Larry Neumeister)

  • This aerial photo provided by WABC News Channel 7 shows damage to a commuter ferry in Lower Manhattan, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, in New York. The Fire Department says about 17 people were injured when the ferry from New Jersey struck a dock during rush hour. (AP Photo/WABC News Channel 7)