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Posted: Friday, March 03, 2000

Crack takes ferry Taku off line

JUNEAU - The Alaska Marine Highway vessel Taku will miss its weekend sailings while a hull crack is repaired in Ketchikan. That includes runs between Juneau, Haines and Skagway on Sunday and Monday.

State Department of Transportation spokesman Dennis Poshard said the ferry developed a crack above the waterline in stormy weather Thursday night.

The crack, about 3 feet long, was in an old plate that's been repaired before. Some water leaked in, but didn't cause serious damage, said Ferry Operations Manager Norm Edwards.

He said the ship will go into drydock Saturday where the cracked plate will be replaced. The cost was not known as of this morning. The Taku is expected to resume sailing Monday morning.

Reservation staff are trying to reach those booked on the Taku and make alternate arrangements. An option for those sailing from Juneau is a Monday Kennicott run, Edwards said.

``That will be the first opportunity for people to make that trip,'' he said.

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