Malaspina Undergoing Repairs; Due Back Tuesday
Jan. 25, 1963, Petersburg Press
The Alaska State Ferry Malaspina is undergoing engine repairs in Juneau but is still expected to be back on schedule and in Petersburg again next Tuesday, the Press learned today from Juneau.
The Malaspina went through Petersburg Thursday afternoon, a day late because of a delay in getting away from Seattle.
Minor engine trouble has plagued the ship but the Associated Press reported this morning that it was believed the vibration in the engine exhaust, which caused the trouble, has been licked.
The Malaspina arrived in Petersburg suddenly at 12:30 p.m. as radio reports were still announcing arrival would be at 3:00 p.m. but a large crowd and the Petersburg High School band were on hand when the ramp went down to greet the passengers and go aboard for a visit.
Governor Wm. Egan, Public Works Commissioner Richard Downing, and Director of Marine Transportation B. A. Lewellen were among the notables making the maiden voyage and greeted by Mayor Andrew Wikan and Chamber of Commerce President Lars Eide. Lewellen stated the Malaspina would be back in Petersburg next Tuesday at 5 p.m. for a 2-hour stay to give local persons a chance to visit aboard.
First passengers to get off here were Dr. D. A. Coon, coming back from his Wednesday trip to Wrangell, and the Rev. Mr. and Mrs. Jack Andrews, returning from Ketchikan.
Mr. and Mrs. Orrie Harris took the first car aboard from Petersburg. They were on their way to Juneau for the governor’s inauguration. Other passengers boarding at Petersburg were Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Trones, Willie McGilton, Mrs. Knute Anderson and infant, Wm. Swanson, Mrs. Lloyd Swanson and grandson Tommy Swanson, Mrs. Joe Hanus, Mr. and Mrs. Wells of Juneau, Bob Cheatham, Harry Merriam, Harold Thompson, Mrs. Herb Stewart, Tom Stewart, Rod Nordling, Doug Patterson and Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Kelly.
About 15 Wrangell persons rode the ferry over on a trip that took a little over two hours. They returned home from Petersburg by plane at the end of the road later in the afternoon.
When the Malaspina left for Juneau it had 155 passengers from first three Alaska ports it had stopped in. She sailed from Petersburg at 2:45 p.m. and arrived in Juneau six and a half hours later.
Eldor Lee, local agent for the ferry system, warns that persons and vehicles should stay off the approach dock until after the ramp is dogged down. He said, however, that everything worked fine in Petersburg on the first landing.
A ticket booth will be set up on the approach in the near future and manned at least an hour before arrivals. More information on schedules will appear in next week’s Press.