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Petersburg plans ferry celebration

Petersburg is gearing up for the Alaska Marine Highway System’s 50th anniversary visit. The State’s ferry service was founded in 1963. Its three original vessels, The Malaspina, the Matanuska, and the Taku, are still in use today. The Malaspina will make a special stop in Petersburg on May 3rd and local organizers are planning a series of events including a contest that starts today.

Ferry system brochure. One of many historic documents posted at the Alaska Marine Highway System’s website in commemoration of its 50th anniversary.


Petersburg Chamber of Commerce Director Sally Dwyer was nine years old when the first ferry came through. Matt Lichtenstein spoke with her about the upcoming celebration.
For mobile and download-friendly audio, click here.

For more information, you can visit the Alaska Marine Highway System website
For a schedule of specific community events in Southeast, click here.

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