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    John Tracy waits for passengers to load on the ferry from Peak's Island to Portland on Oct. 24. "I always wanted to work on the water, from when I was a kid," Tracy said. Tracy began working for the ferry service in 1985.

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    Tracy watches a tanker come through Casco Bay as he operates the ferry to Peak's Island. "What I always tell people is, If i'm in the mall, and I look at you, I can say, 'Oh, she's a Peak's Islander," Tracy said.

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    Designated Senior Deck hand Gretchen Frank's dog Zuri sits in the ferry operator cabin before the ferry leaves for Peak's Island.

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    Tracy watches a lobster boat as he operates the ferry. "Every day something happens, you're prepared for anything. I have a great crew, but the weather is always a challenge. We operate year round, but the state owns the docks and they have a wind perimeter. If the wind is blowing at 30 knots sustained on the dock, then we can't start ," Tracy said.

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    Passengers load onto the ferry on Peak's Island. "We're getting down to the year-rounders. The folks are staying longer, and they're coming earlier. You come on a weekend now in winter, and it's still pretty busy," Tracy said.

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