On the morning of July 29, 1970, 35 years ago Friday, the state ferry Taku ran aground near West Kinahan Island, eight miles west of Prince Rupert. No one was seriously injured on board the 353-foot ship, which carried 297 passengers, 45 crew members and 73 vehicles. It was the first major mishap since the Alaska Marine Highway System began operations in 1963. Four tugs pulled the Taku off the rocks on the morning of July 30. The ship was sent in for repairs after spilling at least 17,000 gallons of fuel.
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