Debris washing down Yukon River disables Dawson City ferry

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The George Black Ferry in Dawson City, Yukon, is out of service for a few days thanks to some debris being washed down the swollen river.

A Yukon government spokesperson says a log did some mechanical damage to the vessel. 

“It was the driveshaft that runs the propellers … they have two of them on there. A log got jammed under the ferry at the landing spots,” said Calvin Hoogland, with the Department of Highways and Public Works in Dawson City.

“I guess the log went under the ferry and into the propeller and that bent the shaft a little bit. So that kind of creates a vibration through the whole ship.”  

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