Early risers had the opportunity today to take part in a brief salute to Marine Transportation on the North coast, as the Alaska Marine Highway System celebrated 50 years of service to and from Prince Rupert.
The southern terminus of the Alaska Ferry System held a brief ceremony at 6:15 today, featuring one of the iconic vessels of the fleet the MV Taku which has at times served Prince Rupert since 1963.
The Prince Rupert celebrations were just one of many up and down the Alaska coast, all designed to commemorate the Marine Highway Systems contribution and importance to Alaska life.
The Marine Highway Service website features this historical look back at how the service started and grew through its early years.
Included on the websites tribute is a Historical Timeline, Highlights of the Marine Highway's development and some archived news reports on the Marine Highway.
The Ferry Service in addition to providing an obvious transportation link for the state with the rest of North America, has helped to foster better connections between Prince Rupert and the coastal cities and towns of South East Alaska.
KRBD-- Ferry system to celebrate 50 years in Prince Rupert
CFTK-- Alaska Ferry 50th (video)
CFTK-- Alaska Marine Highway Celebrates 50 Years in Prince Rupert
Northern View-- Alaska Ferry Service marks 50 years in Prince Rupert (Feb 6-- e edition page 10)