Late start ahead for historic Plover ferry

Published on Wed, May 26, 2010 by By Tara Nelson

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Blaine’s historic Plover ferry will start its inaugural run late this year, following budget cuts from the Blaine Tourism Advisory Committee (BTAC).

Richard Sturgill, a founding member of Drayton Harbor Maritime (DHM), the organization that operates and maintains the  ferry, said BTAC granted the organization $5,000 less than their 2009 budget. As a result, the group was forced to reduce operating costs by shortening their 2010 season.

“We want to make sure the public knows the Plover will not be opening on its traditional opening day, the Friday of  Memorial Day weekend because of reduced funding,” Sturgill said.

Sturgill said the ferry wll begin operating Friday, June 18 at noon and will run until the end of the Labor Day weekend. He added that DHM’s Alaska Packers Museum at Semiahmoo Park will open this weekend.

The museum features a restored Bristol Bay sailboat and exhibits that illustrate the  local history of Blaine’s fish cannery days dating back to 1894. It is open from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday. 

For more information, call 371-3558 or visit www.draytonharbormaritime.org.