Mechanical problem holds up LeConte ferry

The small ferry LeConte is tied up today due to a mechanical problem.

As a result, the Juneau-based ship isn’t sailing its normal Monday route to Gustavus and Hoonah.

The Alaska Marine Highway System says reservation staffers have been contacting booked passengers. The nature of the mechanical problem wasn’t immediately available.

The 235-foot LeConte carries up to 225 passengers and 35 cars or trucks. It also sails to Angoon and Pelican.

Ed Schoenfeld is Regional News Director for CoastAlaska, a consortium of public radio stations in Ketchikan, Juneau, Sitka, Petersburg and Wrangell.

He primarily covers Southeast Alaska regional topics, including the state ferry system, transboundary mining, the Tongass National Forest and Native corporations and issues.

He has also worked as a manager, editor and reporter for the Juneau Empire newspaper and Juneau public radio station KTOO. He’s also reported for commercial station KINY in Juneau and public stations KPFA in Berkley, WYSO in Yellow Springs, Ohio, and WUHY in Philadelphia. He’s lived in Alaska since 1979 and is a contributor to Alaska Public Radio Network newscasts, the Northwest (Public Radio) News Network and National Native News. He is a board member of the Alaska Press Club. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, he lives in Douglas.

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