by: RAY HUGHEY - The Canby Ferry was welcomed back to service Friday by its fans and regular passengers.Fans greeted the Canby Ferry like a long-lost friend when it returned to service Friday after a six-month hiatus.

The ferry service shut down while its vessel underwent a major maintenance overhaul at Diversified Marine Inc. on Hayden Island in Portland.

But Friday morning, it was once again shuttling passengers between the Wilsonville and Canby sides of the Willamette River.

The ferry opened at 6:45 a.m. Friday and had a customer waiting, said Mike Oleson, project inspector for the ferry retro fit.

“We’ve been receiving quite a few phone calls on when exactly we were going to reopen,” he said.

Canby residents Donna Uney and her husband, Robert, were among the Friday morning passengers.

“We used to come home from work this way, from Oregon Golf, in the afternoon,” she said.

“We’ve just been anxiously awaiting the ferry’s return. Welcome back.”

by: RAY HUGHEY - Bicyclists Michelle Henderson, left, and Meg Frey kept checking online for the ferrys return. Bicyclists Meg Frey and Michelle Henderson, of West Linn, boarded for a return trip to the Wilsonville side of the Willamette.

“We were the first ones on the boat this morning to cross over the river (from the Wilsonville side) when it opened,” Frey said.

Frey and Henderson use the ferry as part of their biking regime. They had been eagerly awaiting its return.

“We’ve been online every week,” Frey said.

by: HUGHEY - Ferry regular Betty McRobbie welcomes the ferry crew  back to service.Regulars Betty McRobbie and husband, David, were greeted with waves from the crew when their SUV boarded from the Wilsonville side.

They were delighted to have the ferry back.

“We’re loving it,” Betty McRobbie said. “Our grandkids all live over here so this is perfect for us.”

She grew up in Wilsonville and has been riding the ferry since she was a child.

by: HUGHEY - A steady stream of passengers showed up Friday morning to welcome the Canby Ferry's return to service.

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