Tuesday, January 19, 2016

The Matapeake Ferry

Today I was adding a couple of photographs to my Ancestry family tree.  One of which was
Audrey Redden (Photo taken in 1945) sitting on a Matapeake ferry.  Audrey would marry Jimmy Abell and they ran a sub shop in Pocomoke.  What is interesting however is the ferries that made the run from Annapolis to Matapeake Kent Island.  I was about nine years old when they finally stopped running in 1952 and I can still recall the three mile backup to get on the ferries which usually would take about 75 vehicles and about 800 passengers.  Note; bumper to bumper there are about 390 cars in a mile.  So allowing for a few trucks and some spacing between vehicles it might average 320 vehicles per mile, either way a mile of backup is going to be about 4 to 5 ferries loads.  Due to the amount of time delay of the backup Busch's Chesapeake Inn started up  http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2001-12-18/news/0112180129_1_busch-crab-annapolis

Two of the ferries;  the Gov. Herbert R. O'Connor and the Gov. Harry W. Nice were sold to the Washington State ferries for use on Puget Sound.  They were towed the 6,000 miles to Washington state. The" Nice" was renamed the "Olympic" and the "O'Connor' was renamed the "Rhododendron", the state Flower of Washington.

The Olympic was used up until 1993 when it was mothballed and sold to a private owner.  it sits moored at Ketron Island Washington. 

The Rhododendron was sold in 2013 for $275,000 to Atlantic Capes Fisheries on behalf of Island Scallops of Vancouver Island B. C.  It will be used as a floating platform for an aquaculture farming operation.

 


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