The ferry LeConte is ready to carry paying passengers again.
State transportation officials say the Juneau-based ship will leave Friday morning, Dec. 6, for Haines and Skagway. It will return to its home port later in the day.
They say repairs on the ship’s bow thruster are complete. The LeConte went into drydock in Ketchikan for repairs.
The vessel has been off its schedule since the day before Thanksgiving.
Sailings go to Angoon and Tenakee on Saturday. Sunday is another Haines-Skagway run. And its Monday sailing is to Gustavus and Hoonah.
The bow thruster is scheduled to be replaced next winter.
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