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Posted 11 August 2013 - 10:19 AM

The Keller Ferry in eastern Washington state is not well known, but it's not too hard to get to.
http://www.wsdot.wa....rn/KellerFerry/

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Posted 11 August 2013 - 10:50 AM

The ultimate in ferry service that I have had the good fortune of riding is the Coastal Steamer Service in Norway which runs from Bergen to Kirkenes (way north of the Arctic Circle). I have ridden a short portion of it from Bodo to Stamsund (both north of the Arctic Circle) and back, in the middle of the night with bright sunshine! The views and the service are both memorable. You can actually get sleeper compartments to travel the entire length which takes a couple of days.

It is almost like a bus. You walk on board and arrive at a little ticket window, where you purchase a ticket to wherever you are going, and are then directed to the part of the ship that is open to you for the kind of ticket you bought. You settle down there for the journey. At the end of the journey you get off the boat like you were getting off a bus. If you happen to have a car, you can load that up to carry with you too!

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Posted 11 August 2013 - 10:52 AM

Thanks, NS VIA Fan for providing those stunning photo's!   Especially enjoyed the shot of the cabin....too bad Amtrak doesn't have one like that for four passengers....

 

Another service I have been on is the Maine State Ferries....I rode one of them out of Portland a few years back.  

 

As for more inland ferries....there used to be one at the appropriately named Dingman's Ferry, Pa. across the scenic upper Delaware river to New Jersey.  It has long been replaced by a privately owned toll bridge, one of only three in the entire United States.   Anyone know the other two?  I'll answer that later if no replies....

 

Another ferry that I have ridden across, aboard a Greyhound bus in the sixties, was the Jamestown Ferry on the shortcut route from New York to Newport, R.I.  It was replaced by a bridge at the end of that decade.

 

There has been in the past, and there are proposals for new ferry service across the gorgeous Lake Tahoe.  Must be the 'highest' ferry.....

 

In searching the 'net, I came across this interesting site for inland B.C. ferries that I was never aware existed...http://www.th.gov.bc...y_schedules.htm

 

and here I found a site with a compendium of all known  'thru' inland US auto ferries...http://b389.webspawner.com/

 

TAFN....


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Posted 11 August 2013 - 12:17 PM

Bucket list item for me is to take the Cape May-Lewes ferry from Lewes, leaving my car in Lewes, explore Cape May then back to Lewes.


Any fan of ferries shud DEF have the S.S. Badger on their "bucket list"
1) Still COAL-FIRED
2) RR heritage
3) 4+ hour trip X a great lake (can't see shore for hous)
4) Great crew
5) Historic boat
6) Pretty nice lakeshore ports of origin (Michigan nicer of the two)
7) Can camp out on lounge chair on bow
8) Cabins ava for night trips (flat bed still nice, or if you have little kids)
9) Food & Bev ava on board
9-A) JUST DO IT!

This would be fun, but... are there train stations near either of the ports? I would love to travel train to and from for AGR points and then the beautiful ferry trip, stay over night at one of the ports then take the ferry back to catch the train again. Also, does anyone know which ferries besides those in Seattle and Port Kent are within walking distance of an Amtrak Station? Next year, maybe that will be my adventures, train to ferry and back.

 

edited to add last question.


Edited by June the Coach Rider, 11 August 2013 - 12:29 PM.


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Posted 11 August 2013 - 01:09 PM

>>>> North Carolina has the second largest state-owned ferry system in the country.
>>>> 24 vessels for the 7 regular routes. Longest one-way run is 2.5 hours.
 
>>>  And all free!
 
>>   Nope. Three are toll, and four are free. To answer a previous question, three cross
>>   rivers, three connect the Outer Banks to the mainland, and one connects the
>>   Outer Banks.
 
>    Thanks. It would have been pretty foolish to run a 2.5 hour ferry with no fares.
>    I bet a lot of people ride that one for fun more than actual transport.
 
The 2 hour 30 minute ride is Ocracoke (on the Outer Banks) to Swan Quarter. That's mainly for locals. The next-longest ride, 2 h 15 min, is Ocracoke to Cedar Island on the mainland. It's full of tourists, except in winter. 


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Posted 11 August 2013 - 03:46 PM

I can see with Hilton Head and other islands, there'd be a bunch. Same in Puget Sound. The one I'd like to try is the one that goes from Wisconsin to Michigan across the lake.  Seems like it would save a lot of gas to go that way rather than driving down to Indiana and then back up through Michigan.



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Posted 11 August 2013 - 07:03 PM

Thanks, NS VIA Fan. The Chi-Cheemaun has a very interesting open-up nose, liek a Galaxy airlifter.

 

The ultimate in ferry service that I have had the good fortune of riding is the Coastal Steamer Service in Norway which runs from Bergen to Kirkenes (way north of the Arctic Circle). I have ridden a short portion of it from Bodo to Stamsund (both north of the Arctic Circle) and back, in the middle of the night with bright sunshine! The views and the service are both memorable. You can actually get sleeper compartments to travel the entire length which takes a couple of days.

It is almost like a bus. You walk on board and arrive at a little ticket window, where you purchase a ticket to wherever you are going, and are then directed to the part of the ship that is open to you for the kind of ticket you bought. You settle down there for the journey. At the end of the journey you get off the boat like you were getting off a bus. If you happen to have a car, you can load that up to carry with you too!

 

That sound's like another great trip. Plenty of good ferry trips around, but obviously it won't be very easy for me to ride the best. Is that Norwegian ferry expensive? Norwegian trains and hotels are both very expensive, IMO.

 

Bucket list item for me is to take the Cape May-Lewes ferry from Lewes, leaving my car in Lewes, explore Cape May then back to Lewes.


Any fan of ferries shud DEF have the S.S. Badger on their "bucket list"
1) Still COAL-FIRED
2) RR heritage
3) 4+ hour trip X a great lake (can't see shore for hous)
4) Great crew
5) Historic boat
6) Pretty nice lakeshore ports of origin (Michigan nicer of the two)
7) Can camp out on lounge chair on bow
8) Cabins ava for night trips (flat bed still nice, or if you have little kids)
9) Food & Bev ava on board
9-A) JUST DO IT!

This would be fun, but... are there train stations near either of the ports? I would love to travel train to and from for AGR points and then the beautiful ferry trip, stay over night at one of the ports then take the ferry back to catch the train again. Also, does anyone know which ferries besides those in Seattle and Port Kent are within walking distance of an Amtrak Station? Next year, maybe that will be my adventures, train to ferry and back.

 

edited to add last question.

 

Not that I know of, except maybe Grand Rapids. Indian Trails goes up there.

 

As an alternate to I-95 returning from South Florida a few years ago, we took the "Ocean Highway".....we were on two ferries to cross the Outer Banks of North Carolina.  We then took the Lewes-Cape May Ferry from Delaware to NJ.  The boat we were on was an old steamer from the Little Creek-Cape Charles run that was eliminated by the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel we had driven.   All in all, a refreshing respite from the monotony of the Interstate....

 

Prince Edward Island is now connected to New Brunswick by the Confederation Bridge.   We took the overnite Marine Atlantic ferry "Joseph and Clara Smallwood" from North Sydney N.S. to Channel-Port Aux Basque, Newfoundland.  She was brand new at the time (1989), and when I just looked her up on Wiki was surprised to see she was scrapped in 2011--a rather short life IMHO......

Hmmm.  I keep thinking of more....there is the Quebec City to Levis ferry....

TAFN :)

 

Which Ocean Highway is this? Is it the US 17 or the very small road right on top of the Outer Banks? The US 17 is a pretty good US Highway, dual-carriageway for most of its length and speeds close to the Interstate.

 

Oh no, messed up with the quote.....


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Posted 11 August 2013 - 08:14 PM

That ride up the Norwegian coast could be interesting. One of my mother's ancestors lived on Sognefjord.



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Posted 11 August 2013 - 09:43 PM

Thanks, NS VIA Fan. The Chi-Cheemaun has a very interesting open-up nose, liek a Galaxy airlifter.

 

The ultimate in ferry service that I have had the good fortune of riding is the Coastal Steamer Service in Norway which runs from Bergen to Kirkenes (way north of the Arctic Circle). I have ridden a short portion of it from Bodo to Stamsund (both north of the Arctic Circle) and back, in the middle of the night with bright sunshine! The views and the service are both memorable. You can actually get sleeper compartments to travel the entire length which takes a couple of days.

It is almost like a bus. You walk on board and arrive at a little ticket window, where you purchase a ticket to wherever you are going, and are then directed to the part of the ship that is open to you for the kind of ticket you bought. You settle down there for the journey. At the end of the journey you get off the boat like you were getting off a bus. If you happen to have a car, you can load that up to carry with you too!

 

That sound's like another great trip. Plenty of good ferry trips around, but obviously it won't be very easy for me to ride the best. Is that Norwegian ferry expensive? Norwegian trains and hotels are both very expensive, IMO.

 

Bucket list item for me is to take the Cape May-Lewes ferry from Lewes, leaving my car in Lewes, explore Cape May then back to Lewes.


Any fan of ferries shud DEF have the S.S. Badger on their "bucket list"
1) Still COAL-FIRED
2) RR heritage
3) 4+ hour trip X a great lake (can't see shore for hous)
4) Great crew
5) Historic boat
6) Pretty nice lakeshore ports of origin (Michigan nicer of the two)
7) Can camp out on lounge chair on bow
8) Cabins ava for night trips (flat bed still nice, or if you have little kids)
9) Food & Bev ava on board
9-A) JUST DO IT!

This would be fun, but... are there train stations near either of the ports? I would love to travel train to and from for AGR points and then the beautiful ferry trip, stay over night at one of the ports then take the ferry back to catch the train again. Also, does anyone know which ferries besides those in Seattle and Port Kent are within walking distance of an Amtrak Station? Next year, maybe that will be my adventures, train to ferry and back.

 

edited to add last question.

 

Not that I know of, except maybe Grand Rapids. Indian Trails goes up there.

 

As an alternate to I-95 returning from South Florida a few years ago, we took the "Ocean Highway".....we were on two ferries to cross the Outer Banks of North Carolina.  We then took the Lewes-Cape May Ferry from Delaware to NJ.  The boat we were on was an old steamer from the Little Creek-Cape Charles run that was eliminated by the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel we had driven.   All in all, a refreshing respite from the monotony of the Interstate....

 

Prince Edward Island is now connected to New Brunswick by the Confederation Bridge.   We took the overnite Marine Atlantic ferry "Joseph and Clara Smallwood" from North Sydney N.S. to Channel-Port Aux Basque, Newfoundland.  She was brand new at the time (1989), and when I just looked her up on Wiki was surprised to see she was scrapped in 2011--a rather short life IMHO......

Hmmm.  I keep thinking of more....there is the Quebec City to Levis ferry....

TAFN :)

 

Which Ocean Highway is this? Is it the US 17 or the very small road right on top of the Outer Banks? The US 17 is a pretty good US Highway, dual-carriageway for most of its length and speeds close to the Interstate.

 

Oh no, messed up with the quote.....

Pretty much this one http://en.wikipedia....i/Ocean_Highway ....I followed Florida A1A all the way, then US 17 and diverted thru the Outer Banks, then the Bridge-Tunnel then up US 13, then over to the Lewes-Cape May ferry, then up US 9 and the Garden State Parkway to the Outerbridge Crossing into Staten Island then over the Verrazano Bridge to the Belt Parkway to the Van Wyck and local streets to home.   Whew!........Close by the coast the whole way...... :)


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Posted 12 August 2013 - 10:50 AM

The ultimate in ferry service that I have had the good fortune of riding is the Coastal Steamer Service in Norway which runs from Bergen to Kirkenes (way north of the Arctic Circle). I have ridden a short portion of it from Bodo to Stamsund (both north of the Arctic Circle) and back, in the middle of the night with bright sunshine! The views and the service are both memorable. You can actually get sleeper compartments to travel the entire length which takes a couple of days.

It is almost like a bus. You walk on board and arrive at a little ticket window, where you purchase a ticket to wherever you are going, and are then directed to the part of the ship that is open to you for the kind of ticket you bought. You settle down there for the journey. At the end of the journey you get off the boat like you were getting off a bus. If you happen to have a car, you can load that up to carry with you too!

 

The Coastal Boats in Labrador offer a very similar service (but certainly not as far north as they go in Norway!......this part of Labrador is about equal latitude to Scotland or Denmark)

 

http://www.labradorferry.ca/

 

Here’s the Sir Robert Bond at Goose Bay.

 

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I was in this part of Labrador a couple of years ago and will be going back again this September to work for a week at the Innu First Nation (Aboriginal) Community of Natuashish. We flew into Natuashish but the costal boat also provides service. The only road begins at the wharf and runs inland 6 miles to the airport. There are no roads along the coast and besides the coastal boat; each community has a small airport with scheduled service.

 

(Swadian……here’s another Trip Report for you…..my trip up the coast on an Air Labrador Twin Otter) 

 

http://www.airliners...ead.main/180211

 

 

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Posted 12 August 2013 - 02:20 PM

Goose Bay, eh?   When  I was in the Air Force, they used to joke about getting 'exiled' to the USAF base there as punishment for poor performance..  But I see the scenery is spectacular.  I have to put that ferry from Lewisporte onto my 'to do' list...... :cool:


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Posted 12 August 2013 - 05:58 PM

Besides Labrador, the island of Newfoundland once had an extensive Coastal Boat service operated by CN. The railway and Trans Canada Highway basically ran across the centre of the island without links to the communities scattered along the coast. Gradually though the ‘60s and early ‘70s the road links were built and the boat service ended.

 

Here’s the Coastal Boat schedule from the CN Timetable for Oct 1960. One route covered nearly 1000 miles in 7 days.

 

……and a photo of a museum model of CN’s “Bonavista” used on the St. John’s-Lewisporte run: 437 miles in 4 days.

 

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Posted 12 August 2013 - 10:29 PM

Great info guys! This ferry thread is shaping up to be a huge To-Do List. But maybe too huge and exciting.


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Posted 12 August 2013 - 10:37 PM

The Keller Ferry in eastern Washington state is not well known, but it's not too hard to get to.
http://www.wsdot.wa....rn/KellerFerry/

I've ridden the Keller Ferry a couple of times. The Gifford-Inchelium ferry is on my bucket list.
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Posted 13 August 2013 - 12:01 AM

Speaking of 'to-do' lists.....I read that it is now possible to drive all the way from Quebec to Labrador....I've got to add that!   I have driven from New York all the way to Newfoundland, via the Marine Atlantic ferry, then drove up to St. Anthony for the night.  Wanted to take the short ferry ride from St. Barbe to Blanc Sablon, but the timing didn't work out.  Next day drove from St. Anthony to St. John's, then next day back to Port Aux Basques for the ferry ride back to North Sydney.  A memorable trip.

I have to get my 'fix' for the Maritimes each fall.  This year, I will be on the NCL Gem on 12 Oct for a seven day cruise to Halifax........ :)


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Posted 13 August 2013 - 12:30 AM

Speaking of 'to-do' lists.....I read that it is now possible to drive all the way from Quebec to Labrador....I've got to add that!

A friend just made that drive a month or so ago. He said it was great, but advised anyone taking the trip to follow the advice about taking two extra tires -- he lost two on his trip. Oh, and he said not to forget the nuclear-strength bug spray :)


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Posted 13 August 2013 - 05:17 AM

I did the Trans-Labrador in 2010 and here’s a link to that trip report:

 

http://www.aaroads.c...g79396#msg79396

 

And my photo album:

 

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I also took two spares with me but didn’t need them…….not even a rock-chip on the windshield! and there’s been a lot more paving since then. The bugs can be bad in June and July but we’ve been going to Labrador to work for a week in September the past couple of years and it’s really the best time to travel. Most of the bugs are gone and still nice warm days.

 

Here’s the St. Barb to Blanc Sablon ferry 20 miles across in about 1 1/2 hours.

 

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And the ferry across the St. Lawrence from Baie-Comeau to Matane:

 

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Posted 13 August 2013 - 04:34 PM

Looks like the Portland Maine – Yarmouth NS ferry is one step closer to returning next summer. A Maine Ferry company has been chosen and final negotiations will continue with STM Quest Navigation.

 

The new  ferry is ready and currently in Singapore. (nice video here of the sea trials)

 

http://www.presshera...ry-service.html

 

Hopefully thru connections will be available with the Downeaster to and from Boston like they were with the Cat. Back in 2007, I could leave Boston mid morning on the Downeaster, Portland at 2pm and arrive in Yarmouth early evening.

 

The new ferry won’t be as fast as the Cat and will probably operate overnight......a mini-cruise with cabins, casino, entertainment and buffet dining.


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Posted 13 August 2013 - 05:44 PM

I did the Trans-Labrador in 2010 and here’s a link to that trip report:

 

http://www.aaroads.c...g79396#msg79396

 

And my photo album:

 

https://picasaweb.go...feat=directlink

 

 

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I also took two spares with me but didn’t need them…….not even a rock-chip on the windshield! and there’s been a lot more paving since then. The bugs can be bad in June and July but we’ve been going to Labrador to work for a week in September the past couple of years and it’s really the best time to travel. Most of the bugs are gone and still nice warm days.

 

Here’s the St. Barb to Blanc Sablon ferry 20 miles across in about 1 1/2 hours.

 

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And the ferry across the St. Lawrence from Baie-Comeau to Matane:

 

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Thanks so much for that trip report and photo's....really makes me want to go now!  I wonder if they've improved a significant portion of the route since your trip?


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Posted 13 August 2013 - 05:57 PM

Looks like the Portland Maine – Yarmouth NS ferry is one step closer to returning next summer. A Maine Ferry company has been chosen and final negotiations will continue with STM Quest Navigation.

 

The new  ferry is ready and currently in Singapore. (nice video here of the sea trials)

 

http://www.presshera...ry-service.html

 

Hopefully thru connections will be available with the Downeaster to and from Boston like they were with the Cat. Back in 2007, I could leave Boston mid morning on the Downeaster, Portland at 2pm and arrive in Yarmouth early evening.

 

The new ferry won’t be as fast as the Cat and will probably operate overnight......a mini-cruise with cabins, casino, entertainment and buffet dining.

So they couldn't make a go of it just for "transportation", perhaps because it was too easy, and cheaper to just drive all the way.  So now they will market it as a 'mini-cruise', and although slower, will save a night at a hotel.  Trying to appeal to a mostly different market.   I hope it is successful.  

Another high speed ferry that was heavily hyped and then eventually failed, was the one that ran between Toronto and Rochester a few years ago....


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