Preface: This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Alaska Marine Highway. During the summer of 1963, Alaska was a new state when three ferries came on line in Southeast Alaska. Juneau was as landlocked then as it is now but with fewer opportunities to reach the contiguous United States. By air, Pan American Airways and Pacific Northern Airways each flew only one flight daily to Seattle. Others in Southeast flew floatplanes or other small craft to reach Ketchikan and Juneau for connections to these southbound flights.