March 22, 1963, Petersburg Press
Governor William A. Egan has announced the formal inaugural voyage of the M-V Malaspina, marking the start of service over the Southeastern Alaska marine highway system, will be held April 27 to May 2. The vessel will arrive in Petersburg at 6 p.m. Sunday, April 28, and leave 8 a.m. Monday.
More than 500 travel editors for the nation’s newspapers and magazines have been invited to participate in the week-long event which will include visits to each of the stops on the ferry route.
Governor Egan wrote the mayors and presidents of chambers of commerce in each community last week advising of the inaugural voyage and urging that they make plans for appropriate ceremonies and festivities. In addition, Morris Ford of the state’s division of tourism will be in Petersburg next Thursday to discuss welcoming and entertainment plans for the ferry and its passengers.
In a phone call to Petersburg Chamber President Lars Eide, Ford indicated that Petersburg would be expected to house some of the visitors overnight. Eide said it is expected to get more details from Ford at a special luncheon meeting next Thursday and to inform him of tentative local plans.
Service over the marine highway system actually was initiated in late January but the formal inaugural voyage was postponed with the thought that weather conditions in late April and May would be more conducive to picture taking and other participation by the many representatives of publicity media who have been invited to take part.