September 13, 1963, Petersburg Press
Here are the photos of the Petersburg ferry terminal before and after the ferry Taku landed Saturday, August 17. The before photo on the right was taken by Dr. R. C. Smith after the transfer bridge and towers were in place while the terminal was under contstruction.
In the after picture above, the approach dock and the facing of the mooring dock are still in place, partially, but the towers are gone and the transfer bridge has dropped into the water - the result of the Taku's unexpected takeoff August 17.
Two San Diego boys, ages 15 and 10, admitted that they shoved the controls on a wing bridge (not in the pilot house as reported in some stories) setting the boat in motion while it was still secured to the terminal dock.
Western Marine Construction Co. of Seattle has been awarded a contract for repairing the damage and ferry service to Petersburg is scheduled to resume November 8.
-Dr. R. C. Smith Photo