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Lummi Island ferry resumes service after overnight shutdown

Whatcom Chief making the crossing from Gooseberry Point to Lummi Island (July 24, 2015). Photo: My Ferndale News
Whatcom Chief making the crossing from Gooseberry Point to Lummi Island (July 24, 2015). Photo: Whatcom News

LUMMI ISLAND, Wash. — Officials with Whatcom County Public Works announced about 8am on August 1st, the Whatcom Chief would be resuming regular vehicle and walk-on service between Gooseberry Point and Lummi Island.

The day before, Public Works announced about 2pm ferry service was being suspended “due to steering system issues.” About 3:30pm, it was announced the ferry had resumed regular service.

After 4pm, it was announced service was again suspended “due to a steering system issue” and riders were not to expect service to resume until the next day at the earliest since “On-site mechanics are unable to repair the boat and specialists from Seattle will arrive later tonight to assess and begin repairs.”

A private vessel not affiliated with Public Works offered passenger service to the island from near the ferry dock.

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