Local News

Ferry Taku passenger service cancelled

M/V Taku reported a mechanical issue Monday morning and will go to Ketchikan for repairs. Photo courtesy of Alaska Marine Highway System.

The Alaska state ferry Taku that had a scheduled stop in Wrangell Monday is headed to Ketchikan for repairs.

The ferry was tied up in Petersburg Monday morning after reportedly having steering problems. Department of Transportation spokesperson Jeremy Woodrow says the ferry has a crack in a hydraulic ram that controls a rudder on the 49-year-old vessel.

The vessel had 109 passengers and 24 vehicles. The US Coast Guard was immediately notified. The Taku is scheduled to depart Petersburg at 1:15 Tuesday afternoon and will sail to Ketchikan for repairs. Passenger service has been cancelled.

Officials with the marine highway system are contacting affected passengers. A timeline for when repairs would be complete could not be confirmed.

Comments

Please read our comment guidelines.

Recent News

Wrangell school counselor attends Michelle Obama’s last speech

Kerry Nordstrom attended the national school counselor award ceremony at the White House. (Courtesy of Nordstrom.)
Wrangell middle and high school counselor Kerry Nordstrom was in Washington D.C. Jan. 6 to attend what was Michelle Obama’s last speech as First Lady. Nordstrom attended the event as Alaska’s top school counselor for the 2015-2016 school year.  Obama … more

Zoning permit in question for Wrangell assisted-living home

The former Old Sourdough Lodge will become a assisted living facility (Aaron Bolton, KSTK News)
A conditional use permit for a potential assisted –living home in Wrangell is in question. The Sourdough Lodge, a former bed and breakfast, is planned to offer five assisted-living beds with 11 additional rooms for seniors. The new facility is planned … more