The story of the Alaska Marine Highway System starts with three men who had a dream to provide dependable marine transportation between Alaska's coastal communities. That dream expanded to become the only marine route recognized as a National Scenic Byway and All-American Road. The system currently extends across 3,500 miles of scenic coastline and provides service to over 30 communities, each with their own unique intrinsic qualities.

The Founding Years: 1948 - 1962

MV Chilkoot (+)

Territory Purchases Business (+)

MV Chilkat (+)

The Beginning of AMHS: 1963 - 1964

MV Malaspina, MV Taku & MV Matanuska

First Port Calls (+)

MV Tustumena (+)

Adding South Central & Southwest Alaska (+)

Expansion: 1965 — 1973

Expanding South (+)

Expanding North (+)

MV Wickersham (+)

MV E.L. Bartlett

Lengthening Vessels (+)

Increased Capacity & Additional Ports: 1974 - 1989

MV LeConte, MV Columbia & MV Aurora (+)

New Southeast Ports & Aleutian Chain Run (+)

MV Chilkat Sold (+)

New Southern Terminus (+)

National Acclaim: 1990 - 2012

MV Kennicott (+)

National Scenic Byway & All-American Road

MV E.L. Bartlett Sold (+)

MV Lituya, FVF Fairweather & FVF Chenega (+)

Additional Ports (+)

50 Years & Counting: 2013 - Present

Celebrating 50 Years (+)

In the Spotlight (+)

Alaska Class Ferries (+)

MV Tustumena Replacement Project (+)