Tusty featured by Lynn Lovegreen

Traveling on the Tustumena

My husband and I recently rode the ferry Tustumena from Homer to Dutch Harbor, a trip we’ve always wanted to take. The MV Tustumena, nicknamed “the Trusty Tusty,” is one of the oldest ferries in the Alaska Marine Highway system, originally built in 1964 and added to in 1969. For more info on the ferry system, check out http://www.dot.state.ak.us/amhs/index.shtml.

Tusty 1 by Lynn Lovegreen


It holds up to 160 passengers and about 34 vehicles on its car deck. At a service speed of 13.3 knots, it takes about 4 days to get from Homer to Dutch Harbor, stopping at Kodiak, Chignik, Sand Point, King Cove, Cold Bay, False Pass, and Akutan along the way.

Tusty 2 by Lynn Lovegreen



We had lots of scenic views, interesting stops, and great companions on our journey across part of the Gulf of Alaska and down the Aleutian chain.


Tusty 3 by Lynn Lovegreen



It was a pretty comfortable ride, and I never got tired of looking out the window or off the deck.


Tusty 4 by Lynn Lovegreen



I recommend the Tusty to anyone who wants to explore Alaska. And I’ll tell you about our destination, Dutch Harbor, in a future post!


Tusty 5 by Lynn Lovegreen


I love to share my passion for Alaska and its history in my writing for young adults and their grown ups.

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