WHATCOM — The vehicle ferry Whatcom Chief serving Lummi Island will depart for dry dock midmorning on Saturday, Sept. 7, and not return until about mid-day Sept. 24, the county reports.
As always, that return date is tentative and dependent on the scale of repairs that are found to be needed at the shipyard. Further confirmation of the date of return to service will occur as dry dock progresses.
Regular service on Sept. 7 will begin with an early first run at 6 a.m. and will continue to run until the boat is taken for dry dock. The last two departures providing regular vehicle service made by the Whatcom Chief that day will be: 9:20 a.m. from Lummi Island to Gooseberry Point; and 9:30 a.m. from Gooseberry Point to Lummi Island.
County Public Works projects that the first departure of the contracted passenger-only ferry will be at approximately 4 p.m. Sept. 7 from Lummi Island.