The Alaska Marine Highway System ferry Lituya provides regular service between Metlakatla Indian Community and Ketchikan. (KRBD file photo by Leila Kheiry)

The state ferry Lituya is expected to return to regular service after a mechanical issue caused interruptions to its schedule Friday.

The state Department of Transportation said the Lituya spent the night in Ketchikan Thursday because of an issue with its bow thruster.

Metlakatla Indian Community announced Friday afternoon that the Lituya would make extra runs to Metlakatla to make up for the cancellations. The last of those is scheduled to leave Ketchikan at 6:30 p.m. Service is expected to return to normal on Saturday.

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