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Historical Timeline

 


1959

Alaska becomes the 49th state and M/V Chilkat becomes the first state owned ferry

1963

The Alaska Marine highway System is founded, providing many roadless communities with a way to “driove” from one town to the next.

M/V Matanuska, M/V Malaspina and M/V Taku are built

Service expands to Prince Rupert, British Columbia

1964

M/V Tustumena is built.

March 27: Earthquake!

Ports in Valdez and Cordova are damaged

1967

Service extended to Seattle, Washington. linking the system to the Lower 48

1974

M/V Columbia, the largest vessel in the fleet is built

1979

Service to the Aleutians begins

1989

Bellingham, Washington becomes the southern terminus

2002

The Alaskan Marine Highway System is designated a National Scenic Byway

2004

The first of two fast ferries,

the FVF Fairweather, added

to the fleet

2005

Alaska Marine Highway named an All-American Road by the Federal Highway Administration

FVF Chenaga, the second AMHS fast ferry, is built, bringing the fleet to a total

of 11 vessels

 

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