New Washington ferry Salish may sail Friday

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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.

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Information from: Peninsula Daily News, http://www.peninsuladailynews.com