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

Lummi Island ferry dry dock begins Thursday

People looking to travel to or from Lummi Island over the next few weeks should note the vehicle ferry, Whatcom Chief, will be in dry dock beginning tomorrow and continuing until late September.

The annual visit to the dry dock will begin on Thursday, September 7th. According to the current schedule, the Whatcom Chief is due to return to its regular schedule on Monday, September 25th. This date is tentative, being dependent on the scale of repairs and work required both in the shipyard and at the docks. Further confirmation of the return to service date will issued as dry dock progresses.

During the time the ferry will be out of service, it will be replaced by a passenger-only ferry (bicycles are allowed too) combined with shuttle service on the island. Ways for islanders to cope and/or relish the change in island living are covered in some detail in a post on

The Whatcom Chief’s last crossing for vehicles on Wednesday, September 6th, will be the 9pm and 9:10pm runs.

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