SEATTLE (AP) -- The Washington state ferry service hopes to put its newest 64-car vessel, the Salish, into service on Friday.
Spokeswoman Marta Coursey said a problem discovered Monday with a backup generator threatened to delay plans to put the boat to work on the busy Fourth of July weekend.
The Salish would join the Chetzemoka on the Port Townsend-Whidbey Island route. With two boats, the 90-minute sailings will be cut in half.
The Peninsula Daily News reports Port Townsend will hold a community celebration for the new ferry on Thursday at the ferry terminal, whether the Salish is ready or not.
The ferry system expects to take delivery of a third new ferry, the Kennewick, by the end of the year.
Information from: Peninsula Daily News, http://www.peninsuladailynews.com