Wrangell captain to pilot new ferry

Posted: Sunday, January 13, 2002

Wrangell resident Jim McComas will be one of two captains to pilot the new Inter-island Ferry Authority's ship called Prince of Wales. The vessel will run daily between Ketchikan and Hollis on Prince of Wales Island, the IFA's southern route.

McComas holds numerous licenses that qualify him for his new position. Of prime importance is his 500 ton mate's license, which is the same as a 200 ton captain's license. The IFA required a 100 ton captain's license for the Prince of Wales position.

McComas will command a crew of a mate, an engineer, two deckhands and a concession staff.

The boat will make the three-hour run once per day until April, then two per day during the summer months. The schedule may be altered according to demand.

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