Blaine’s historical Plover ferry will get some much-needed repairs after a recent donation by the Semiahmoo Yacht Club.
Earlier this month, the club presented captain Richard Sturgill with a check for $750. The money will be used to refurbish the Plover’s aft deck as the fiberglass surface has become cracked and worn, creating a potentially slippery situation for passengers. Sturgill said the deck will be sanded, repaired with new fiberglass and gel coated for a non-skid surface.
The Plover is one of the oldest foot ferries operating in Washington State. Built in 1944 to transport fish cannery workers across Drayton Harbor, the Plover now runs seasonal weekend trips for tourists. Captain Richard Sturgill reports that the vessel carried 7209 passengers over the 2008 season. The Plover averaged 153 boardings each day, up from 119 per day from in 2007.
A donation from the yacht club in 2008 went to installing two different heaters on the historic vessel. One heater, installed on the Plover’s diesel engine air intake, makes winter start-up much easier, which greatly reduces wear on the starting motor.