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Ferry construction update


The Sanpoil Ferry is taking shape. The pilot house is on and for the most part the structure nears completion in the big tent at Crescent Bay. Workers said there is still a lot to do before late July when the 116-foot replacement ferry is launched for testing. The aluminum vessel is being constructed by Foss Maritime, and it is the largest vessel that firm has built to date. The ferry replaces the Martha S, which has been in service since 1948, and connects motorists crossing Lake Roosevelt with the north or south end of State Route 21 from Wilbur and Republic. — Roger S. Lucas photo

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