Local News

Ferry LeConte breaks down, Aurora fills in

The ferry LeConte docks in Skagway in 2009. The ship is in drydock to repair a broken bow thruster. (J Webber/Creative Commons)

The ferry LeConte docks in Skagway in 2009. The ship is tied up for generator repairs. (J Webber/Creative Commons)

The Alaska Marine Highway ferry Aurora is scheduled to take over LeConte sailings on Friday, April 4.

A generator on the LeConte failed on Wednesday, when the LeConte was on its way from Prince William Sound to Ketchikan for a mandated inspection.

Spokesman Jeremy Woodrow says the ship diverted to Juneau, where the inspection is being done.

Woodrow says the LeConte’s repair time is not yet known.

“They’re still working on assessing the situation. The LeConte will most likely be out for the weekend. But the Aurora will be capable of filling in for it until it is back online,” he says.

The Aurora and LeConte are nearly identical ships. Both carry about 300 passengers and 34 vehicles.

The Aurora missed sailings last month when part of its steering system broke down. The Juneau-based LeConte missed sailings in December due to problems with its bow-thruster, which is used for docking. It sails to Haines, Skagway, Tenakee Springs, Angoon, Hoonah and Gustavus.

Comments

Please read our comment guidelines.

Recent News

Native language bill has personal meaning for Sitka family

Jessie Johnnie's speech was recorded by X̱'unei Lance Twitchell in September 2011. He asked her what students of the Tlingit language need in order to succeed.
Twenty Native languages, including Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian, became official state languages on Thursday, Oct. 23. For Sitka resident Heather Powell, the signing marked a personal victory for a member of her family. more

Mooney: Habitat Study explains how deer are adjusting to second growth in Starrigavan

Phil Mooney with the Alaska Department of Fish & Game talks about the deer habitat study, begun this summer with variety of agencies. more