Expect delays as the ferry Wenatchee has been taken off the Bainbridge-Seattle route for a few days after hitting a dock.

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CORRECTION: Due to an editing error, a previous version of this story incorrectly stated that ferry trips on Friday were canceled. In fact, no trips had been canceled on Friday.

The ferry Wenatchee has been taken off the Bainbridge-Seattle route for a few days after hitting the Bainbridge dock Thursday.

On Friday, officials warned commuters to expect delays as replacement vessels, which carry fewer cars, were moved into place.

Several trips were canceled Thursday afternoon and evening as Washington State Ferries scrambled.

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The Wenatchee was traveling at 3½ mph when it struck the dock because of a propulsion failure, said spokesman Ian Sterling of Washington State Ferries.

Ferry captains will customarily slow a coasting vessel by starting engines in reverse moments before they arrive.

At first glance there was no damage to the ferry or the dock, he said, but dents were found above the Wenatchee’s water line. Out of “an abundance of caution,” inspections are needed underwater, to be done by divers on Thursday, Sterling said.

And the cause of the propulsion failure must also be found, and possible repairs carried out, he said.

“It will be a matter of at least days,” Sterling said.

No injuries were reported.

The Bainbridge-Seattle crossing serves 6.3 million passengers a year, half of whom walk or bike on board.