World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

MV Taku

Article Id: WHEBN0003236821
Reproduction Date:

Title: MV Taku  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: MV Matanuska, MV Malaspina, MV Tustumena, MV Columbia, Alaska Marine Highway System vessels
Collection: 1963 Ships, Alaska Marine Highway System Vessels
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

MV Taku

MV Taku
Name: Taku
Namesake: Taku Glacier, Juneau, Alaska
Owner: Alaska Marine Highway System
Port of registry:  United States
Builder: Puget Sound Bridge & Dry Dock Company, Seattle, Washington
Cost: $4.5 Million USD[1]
Launched: 1963[2]
Commissioned: 1963
Status: in active service, as of 2016
General characteristics
Class & type: Malaspina-class mainline ferry
Tonnage: 2,625 Domestic 7,302 International[2]
Displacement: 4,283 long tons (4,352 t)[2]
Length: 352 ft (107 m)[2]
Beam: 74 ft (23 m)[2]
Draft: 16 ft 11 in (5.16 m)[2]
Decks: One vehicle deck, three passenger decks [3]
Ramps: Aft, port, and starboard ro-ro loading
Installed power: Two 4,000 hp MaK Diesel engines [3]
Speed: 16.5 knots (30.6 km/h; 19.0 mph)[2]
  • 370 passengers
  • 69 vehicles[2]
Crew: 42[2]

M/V Taku is a Malaspina-class mainline vessel for the Alaska Marine Highway System.


  • History 1
  • Role 2
  • Amenities 3
  • Accidents and Incidents 4
  • Notes 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


Designed by Philip F. Spaulding & Associates, constructed in 1963 by the Puget Sound Bridge & Dry Dock Company in Seattle, Washington,[1] the M/V Taku is named after Taku Glacier which is located just southeast of Juneau, Alaska and has been in the ferry system for over forty years. In 1981, the Taku received a major refurbishment and has been in service steadily until the summer of 2015 when she was laid up due to budget considerations. [4] With the layup lasting indefinatly due to budget uncertanty, AMHS has begun considering selling Taku.[5]


As a mainline ferry, Taku serves the larger of the inside passage communities (such as Ketchikan, Petersburg, and Sitka), its route primarily stays between Ketchikan and Skagway in Southeast Alaska.

The M/V Taku is the largest of the three AMHS vessels able to serve the communities of Hoonah and Kake and because of this served as a critical component of providing transportation out of Hoonah and Kake after the "milk run" ferry, the M/V LeConte hit a rock and went into dry dock.


The Taku‍ '​s amenities include a hot-food cafeteria; bar; solarium; forward, aft, recliner, movie, and business lounges; gift shop; 8 four-berth cabins; and 36 two-berth cabins.

Accidents and Incidents

  • On April 23rd, 1963 the Taku struck a rock outside Petersburg in a minus tide. She returned to service on May 3rd.[1]
  • On August 8th, 1963 two boys entered the wheelhouse when the Taku was preparing to leave Petersburg, and engaged the engines. The resulting damage to the dock left the vehicle loading ramp out of commission for three months.[1]
  • On July 29th, 1970, the Taku ran aground on Kinihan Island, outside of Prince Rupert, Canada. All passengers on board were evacuated safely, and the cars were transferred to the BC Ferry MV Queen of Prince Rupert [1]


  1. ^ a b c d e Cohen (1994), p. 16
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Vessel Profiles, M/V Taku
  3. ^ a b Welcome Aboard
  4. ^ Westmoreland, Charles (13 May 2015). "AMHS ferry Taku beached for the summer". Juneau Empire. Retrieved 13 September 2015. 
  5. ^ Bowman, Nick (13 September, 2015). Juneau Empire Retrieved 13 September 2015. 


  • Cohen, Stan. (1997). Highway on the Sea: A Pictorial History of the Alaska Marine Highway System. Missoula, MT: Pictorial Histories Publishing Company, Inc.  
  • "Vessel Profiles". Alaska Department of Transportation. Retrieved January 26, 2012. 
  • Welcome Aboard! M/V Taku. Alaska Marine Highway pamphlet. 

External links

  • Official Alaska Marine Highway System website
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.