Photos by Dave McNary
By M.C. Kauffman
January 16, 2006
Photo by Dave McNary 2006
Funded through a $17 million federal grant, the passenger and car ferry will serve the IFA's northern route, linking Coffman Cove, Wrangell and Petersburg.. The ferry will hold 30 standard vehicles and will be licensed for 195 passengers. When the vessel is complete it will weigh 990-tons with a length of 200-feet. The Stikine can be crewed by five people and it is projected to have a 20- to 30-year economic life.
Photo by Dave McNary ©2006
The wheelhouse on the Marine Vessel Stikine will look somewhat different from the M/V Prince of Wales due to a major change. The sides of the wheelhouse now extend all the way out to the edge of the vessel ( like wings ). This will make docking somewhat easier, especially in bad weather, as the skipper will to able to walk out to the edges for a better view.
After launching, there will be a final outfitting, sea trials and testing the mechanics before her expected delivery in March 2006.
According to Len Laurance,
Marketing Manager of the Inter-Island Ferry Authority, scheduled
service between Coffman Cove (where the vessel will overnight),
Wrangell and Petersburg will commence May 18, with a round-trip
every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, through September
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