Ferries, Freighters and Barge Tows

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Governor James B. Hunt

September 18th, 2017
Currituck - Knotts Island, NC
Paul M. Clayton


Posted 09/19/17

The boat covering this route is the smallest in the NC Ferry Division system, with a capacity of 18 to 20 cars. The rationale for the route is to carry schoolchildren from Knotts Island to mainland Currituck County, since the island population is too small to support a school. When I rode it in 2017, there was a school bus and about 10 cars going to the island, with 6 cars on the return. The boat makes six round trips a day, less on weekends and in the summer when school is out.

Unnamed

September 13th, 2017
Meherrin River, NC
Paul M. Clayton


Posted 09/13/17

Driving east on U.S. 158 toward Edenton, I caught a glimpse of a sign on a side road with the word "Ferry" on it. I doubled back at the first opportunity and found a sign indicating the Parker's Ferry on the road ahead, operating during daylight hours. I drove down the road, which turned to gravel, and eventually reached the Meherrin River. There was a sign instructing the driver to blow the horn to summon the boat. There was an NCDOT truck already waiting and the ferry was just leaving the other side. The river is quite narrow and in a couple of minutes we loaded and began the crossing, which itself just took a few minutes. On the other side, I followed a gravel road for several miles and came out near Murfreesboro, NC.

The ferry is cable operated, operates every day during daylight hours unless the water is too high or rough, and is free. It is considered an inland ferry and is not under the jurisdiction of the NC Ferry Division, but is run by the local District Office. There are two more of these ferries in North Carolina, the Sans Souci ferry crossing the Cashie River near Winton, and the Elwell ferry crossing the Cape Fear near Riegelwood.

Federal Agno

November 18th, 2010
Beaufort Inlet, NC
Paul M. Clayton


Posted 09/12/17

Federal Agno

November 18th, 2010
Beaufort Inlet, NC
Paul M. Clayton


Posted 09/12/17

Federal Agno

November 18th, 2010
Beaufort Inlet, NC
Paul M. Clayton


Posted 09/12/17

William A. Irvin

June 24th, 2003
Duluth, MN
Paul M. Clayton


Posted 09/12/17

This vessel was put in service in 1938 and worked for 50 years until she was laid up in 1978. After languishing for 8 years, she was purchased and given a cosmetic refurbishment and put on display in downtown Duluth. The vessel was well-maintained by her former owner U.S. Steel Corporation and is in fine condition today.

William A. Irvin

June 24th, 2003
Duluth, MN
Paul M. Clayton


Posted 09/12/17

Climbing to the bridge of a preserved Great Lakes bulk carrier.

Hoss

April 19th, 2013
Elizabeth River, VA
Paul M. Clayton


Posted 09/12/17

I took this picture from aboard Marian Claire at the end of a trip through the Dismal Swamp Canal.

Floyd J. Lupton

August 16th, 2010
Neuse River, NC
Paul M. Clayton


Posted 09/11/17

Kinnakeet

June 25th, 2010
Neuse River, NC
Paul M. Clayton


Posted 09/11/17

Bow Viking

May 16th, 2010
Morehead City, NC
Paul M. Clayton


Posted 09/11/17

Various Odfjell vessels are a common sight on the Morehead City dock.

Cape Cod Light

April 18th, 2009
Green Cove Springs, FL
Paul M. Clayton


Posted 09/11/17

For a comparatively new vessel, Cape Cod Light has a hazy history. My best information is that she and sister Cape May Light were built in 2001 for an operation called Delta Queen Coastal Voyages. By the end of the year, the company was bankrupt and both boats were laid up at Green Cove Springs, where I photographed them im 2009. Rumor has it that a company called Waterfront Lifestyles International bought the boat in 2008 with intentions of converting it to a floating condominium, but it doesn't appear that anything came of it. Another rumor is that one of the boats was chartered in 2010 to serve as housing for relief workers in Haiti after the devastating earthquake.

MSC Kalamata

September 14th, 2016
Crossing Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, VA
Paul M. Clayton


Posted 09/10/17

As of September 10, 2017, MSC Kalamata was in the Balearic Sea, bound from Valencia, Spain to La Spezia, Italy.

Surry

May 23rd, 2016
Jamestown - Scotland, VA
Paul M. Clayton


Posted 09/10/17

Stormont

June 2006
Country Harbour, N.S.
Paul M. Clayton


Posted 09/09/17

Cable ferry near Port Bickerton, Nova Scotia.

Viking

June 2004
Marinette, WI?
Paul M. Clayton


Posted 09/09/17

Built in 1925 and christened Ann Arbor No. 7, she was rebuilt in 1964 and renamed Viking. She worked hauling freight cars and passengers across Lake Michigan until she was laid up in 1982. Finally in 2013 the hulk was cut down into a barge.

William H. Donner

June 2004
Marinette, WI?
Paul M. Clayton


Posted 09/09/17

Built in 1914, the hulk of Great Lakes ore carrier William H. Donner was still in service as late as 2011 as a freight transfer vessel.

Topo

June 2004
Soo Locks, MI
Paul M. Clayton


Posted 09/09/17

Pocahontas

March 26th, 2002
Jamestown - Scotland, VA
Paul M. Clayton


Posted 09/09/17

Na'Hoku

August 21st, 2013
Beaufort Inlet, NC
Paul M. Clayton


Posted 09/09/17

This boat was built in 1981 and currently hails out of Charleston, so she is a familiar sight along the southeastern coast. In recent news, Na'Hoku lost her tow April 20th, 2017 and it washed up on the beach at Lake Worth, FL. No damage, no harm done.

Aurora

November 21st, 2014
Beaufort Inlet, NC
Paul M. Clayton


Posted 09/09/17

Aurora is a chemical tanker built in 2000, gross tonnage 16,454, flagged under the Marshall Islands. As of September 9th, 2017 she is off the coast of South Carolina.

Celine

February 16th, 2015
Morehead City, NC
Paul M. Clayton


Posted 09/09/17

Floyd J. Lupton

February 16th, 2010
Neuse River, NC
Paul M. Clayton


Posted 09/08/17

Unidentified

June 17th, 2002
Ocracoke NC - Cedar Island NC
Paul M. Clayton


Posted 09/08/17

Valcour

June 2002
Port Kent NY - Burlington VT
Paul M. Clayton


Posted 09/08/17

The boat was built in 1947 out of war surplus materials.

Governor Edward Hyde

October 2001
Cedar Island - Ocracoke, NC
Paul M. Clayton


Posted 09/07/17

As best as I can determine, this boat, built in 1977, is no longer in service.

Kinnakeet

February 17th, 2011
Neuse River, NC
Paul M. Clayton


Posted 09/07/17

Hatteras

December 11th, 2012
Stumpy Point - Rodanthe, NC
Paul M. Clayton


Posted 09/07/17

Hatteras is far out in Pamlico Sound on the 2012 temporary route between Stumpy Point and Rodanthe that was set up to ameliorate the transportation issues caused by severe washouts on Highway 12. The road was closed from Bonner Bridge to Rodanthe for months. The picture was taken from aboard W. Stanford White running on the opposite schedule.

Croatan

December 11th, 2012
Stumpy Point - Rodanthe, NC
Paul M. Clayton


Posted 09/07/17

Croatan is inbound to Stumpy Point. The picture was taken from W. Stanford White on her way to Rodanthe.

Cape Point

December 11th, 2012
Pamlico River, NC
Paul M. Clayton


Posted 09/07/17

Approaching the dock at Aurora on a mild December day. Dan and I were on our way to ride the Stumpy Point Ferry.

Thomas A. Baum

October 1st, 2016
Neuse River, NC
Paul M. Clayton


Posted 09/07/17

Neuse

July 16th, 2013
Pamlico River, NC
Paul M. Clayton


Posted 09/06/17

Chicamacomico

August 17th, 2015
Neuse River, NC
Paul M. Clayton


Posted 09/06/17

This boat, like most of those used on the Neuse River Minnesott to Cherry Point route, is a member of the NCDOT Ferry Division's Hatteras Class. She carries up to 26 cars amd 149 passengers, and was built in 1990.

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Kinnakeet

May 31st, 2016
Neuse River, NC
Paul M. Clayton


Posted 09/06/17

Thomas A. Baum

March 6th, 2017
Neuse River, NC
Paul M. Clayton


Posted 09/06/17

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