State Ferry Starts regular Run Today
Feb. 1, 1963, Petersburg Press
The state ferry Malaspina was scheduled to leave Prince Rupert at 11:30 this morning on the first regular run thru SE Alaska. It will be in Petersburg northbound at 3:15 a.m. Saturday and southbound on 1:15 a.m. Monday.
In the photo above, Dr. R. C. Smith, Press photographer, snapped a clear portrait of the Malaspina as it edged in for its first landing in Petersburg January 24.
Public Works Commissioner Richard Downing said this week that there are no plans to take the ship back to Seattle to correct a vibration problem in the exhaust. The ship's designer Phil Spaulding termed the vibration “a very insignificant thing.” The two men said the problem will be licked while the vessel continues on its regular schedule. The braces holding the exhaust stack will be changed and an expansion joint added.
In other ferry news: The 18 Wrangell High School students who were brief but unsuccessful stowaways on the Malaspina as it left Wrangell, received only a lecture for being late back to school.
The state attorney general, George N. Hayes, said today that the concessionaire on the ferry, Chris Palzer, has agreed to refrain from selling sea store (non-taxed) liquor aboard the vessel. He had received permission from the customs and had 120 cases of sea store liquor loaded in Seattle.