Alaska becomes the 49th state and M/V Chilkat becomes the first state owned ferry
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
M/V Tustumena is built.
March 27: Earthquake!
Ports in Valdez and Cordova are damaged
Service extended to Seattle, Washington. linking the system to the Lower 48
M/V Columbia, the largest vessel in the fleet is built
Service to the Aleutians begins
Bellingham, Washington becomes the southern terminus
The Alaskan Marine Highway System is designated a National Scenic Byway
The first of two fast ferries,
the FVF Fairweather, added
to the fleet
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