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Ferry Trials Underway; No Sailing Date Yet


Jan. 11, 1963, Petersburg Press

SEATTLE (AP) – The M-V Malaspina, queen and first of Alaska’s three new ferries, moved into Puget Sound today in another of a series of tests.

The Malaspina put out shortly before 8 a.m. with an Alaskan delegation and Capt. Ed Kent of the shipbuilding firm aboard.

Meanwhile in Juneau, the Associated Press reports that there is no set date yet for the ships departure from Seattle. It all depends on the test runs and provisioning time. However an attempt is being made to have the Malaspina in Juneau during the governor’s inauguration January 25-26.

Yesterday’s initial run of the Malaspina lasted nearly a day. The first trip was described as a work and technical run. The ship gave Seattle a maritime show as it jockeyed around Elliot Bay swinging the compass and making technical adjustments.

Today’s trip was to be farther out in the sound.


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