By Larry Persily
Wrangell Sentinel 

Extra ferry sailing will pick up waitlist travelers in Bellingham


April 20, 2022

Marc Lutz/Wrangell Sentinel

The Matanuska leaves Wrangell on April 11 for a southbound run. An additional sailing is being added on May 25 from Bellingham, Washington, for waitlisted passengers.

With more than 260 would-be ferry passengers stuck on a waitlist for travel out of Bellingham, Washington, and sailings full until late July, the Alaska Marine Highway System has scheduled an extra run of the Matanuska to bring the people and their vehicles to the state.

The additional sailing is scheduled to leave Bellingham on May 25.

There was time in the ship's schedule, which ferry management had been holding open in hopes the Matanuska could restart service that week to Prince Rupert, British Columbia, after being gone from the Canadian port for almost three years.

But delays in makin...

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