Feb. 1, 1963, Petersburg Press
Petersburg Press photographer, Dr. R. C. Smith, was among the many Petersburg residents meeting the new state ferry Malaspina when it docked in Petersburg the first time on Thursday, January 24.
In the top picture on this page two Petersburg men pose for photographer Smith at the wheel of the Malaspina. Both are members of the crew and made the initial trip from Seattle aboard the vessel. They are Maynard Reeser, left, and Richard Hofstad. Reeser is listed as an ordinary seaman and Hofstad as able seaman.
Mayor Andrew Wikan was the first Petersburg passenger to board the ferry on its northbound trip. He went to Gov. Egan’s inauguration program in Juneau. In the top photo on the right he is welcomed aboard by Public Works Commissioner Richard Downing. The Division of Marine Transportation is under the public works department.
In the center photo, Capt. Rueben Jacobses, skipper of the Malaspina, is recounting an incident during his many years at sea. The listeners enjoying the story are ferry system Port Captain Gregory Mangan and Petersburg Press editor L. M. Williams, Jr.