Local News

Special sailing celebrates ferry system’s 50th anniversary

The ferry Malaspina waits for passengers at Juneau’s Auke Bay terminal last fall. The ship will make a celebratory voyage honoring the Alaska Marine Highway’s 50th anniversary in May. Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska.

The ferry Malaspina will stop in Wrangell during a celebratory trip through Southeast Alaska in early May.

Spokesman Jeremy Woodrow says it’s one of the Alaska Marine Highway’s 50th anniversary events.

“This is to celebrate in part its inaugural run in 1963. And that will include community events in Ketchikan, Wrangell, Petersburg, Juneau, Haines and Skagway,” he says.

Woodrow says the Malaspina will make extended stops in each community and be open for tours. Local celebrations are also being planned during port calls. One will also take place this fall in Sitka.

He says the ferry will make special excursions in the gateway and capital cities.

“One will be sailing through Misty Fjords National Monument. They’ll start in Ketchikan and do a day trip through Misty Fjords and back to Ketchikan. And the other, when it’s in Juneau, will sail from downtown, not Auke Bay, to Tracy Arm fjord and back,” he says.

What’s called The Golden Voyage will run May 1st to May 5th.

More details on the sailings and community celebrations are on the website: www.FerryAlaska.com.

Comments

Please read our comment guidelines.

Recent News

Some concerns over assisted-living facility answered, others remain

The former Old Sourdough Lodge will become a assisted living facility (Aaron Bolton, KSTK News)
Concerns over a new assisted-living facility in Wrangell are one step closer to being resolved. The Planning and Zoning Commission held a public workshop for the new owners of a former bed and breakfast known as the Sourdough Lodge and … more

Double Header Basketball Weekend

floorball
Follow the Wrangell Wolves and Lady Wolves this weekend on the home court. The Craig Panthers and Lady Panthers will be in town to play against Wrangell and everyone is encouraged to head to the gym to enjoy high school basketball. If you can’t make it to the gym, KSTK will air the boys and girls varsity games both nights. Tune in to KSTK 101.7 fm for the live broadcast! Click 'more' for game times. more