December 29, 2004
File Photo by Carl Thompson
"We are operating the Matanuska safely within Coast Guard parameters for speed and vibration," Falvey said. "However, it is important to repair the prop as soon as possible. We believe that taking it into the yard on the 10th offers the least disruption to the schedule. We have the replacement blades and other parts on hand in the Ketchikan warehouse and do not expect to have any complications installing them."
The Matanuska will make a trip to Prince Rupert, BC and back to Ketchikan before going into the shipyard, and will make another round trip to Prince Rupert after coming out of the yard. It will then continue on its regular northbound schedule from Ketchikan.
The M/V Matanuska was built by Puget Sound Bridge & Dry Dock Company of Seattle and began service in 1963. In 1968 the vessel was lengthened and renovated. It now carries 500 passengers, and provides 6 four-berth, 21 three-berth, and 80 two-berth cabins. One two-berth cabin is wheelchair accessible.
The Matanuska is 408 feet long,
with capacity for 88 vehicles (20' lengths), and has a service
speed of 16.5 knots. Passenger services include a cafeteria,
gift shop, cocktail lounge, solarium, and forward observation
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