Historical Timeline



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...

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