The nearly 50-year old ferry has been tied up since 2019 to save money.
Ferry officials put the route on hold in September 2019 over a dispute about whether U.S. Customs officials could carry guns
This time, the M/V Matanuska is stranded in Bellingham, Washington.
The boat departs from Allen Marine’s Auke Bay dock today at 1 p.m.
Service will resume on Aug. 21 when the ferry returns north to Ketchikan.
Anyone who traveled on the ferry Matanuska in recent days should monitor themselves for coronavirus symptoms, officials said.