Cape Gazette

Cape May-Lewes Ferry celebrates 50 years

Jul 02, 2014
Photo by: Ron MacArthur Fireworks fill the sky June 29 in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Cape May-Lewes Ferry and Cape Henlopen State Park.

Lewes — The Cape May-Lewes Ferry celebrated 50 years in service June 29 with a day of celebratory festivities at the Lewes terminal. The Lewes festivities followed a similar celebration June 28 at the Cape May, N.J., terminal.

The Lewes event included a car show, entertainment, a dedication ceremony, children's games, a showing of the WHYY documentary "Billion Mile Journey" and ended with fireworks in collaboration with Cape Henlopen State Park, also celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2014.

After two ceremonial crossings the day before, ferry operation began at 6:47 a.m. July 1, 1964, with eight vehicles and 15 passengers. Over the past 50 years, the fleet has carried 43 million people, 14 million vehicles and logged 1 billion miles.

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A 1951 Mercury is all decked out with flames. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Classic cars line up in front of the Lewes terminal for the Cape May Lewes Ferry's 50th anniversary celebration. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
The distinctive ferry terminal reflects in the spare tire of a classic car. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
There's no mistaking the classic look of a Ford Mustang from the 1960s. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
A 1963 Corvette is displayed for all to see as cars of this era wait to get on the next ferry to New Jersey. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
They just don't make them like they used to. Shown is the front end of a 1960 Corvette. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
A 60s era Mustang sits in the shadow of the Cape May Lewes Ferry terminal. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Awards were handed out for specific categories. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Bill Lowe, vice chairman of the Delaware River and Bay Authority commissioners, prepares to bury a time capsule in front of the Lewes ferry terminal during a June 29 ceremony to honor the 50th anniversary of the Cape May-Lewes Ferry. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Scott Green, executive director of the Delaware River and Bay Authority, takes time to thank those responsible for the 50th anniversary celebration. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
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Walk-on traffic on the ferry was heavy all weekend thanks to half-price fares. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Gov. Jack Markell, left, and Lewes Mayor Ted Becker unveil the Lewes terminal's new brick paver memorial and tribute pad near the front door. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
With a ferry in the background, Sen. Ernie Lopez, left, and Rep. Steve Smyk present a joint tribute to Cape May-Lewes Ferry officials. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Pat Tobin, left, of Milton and Ruth McIntyre of Lewes were among those on the first crossing of the ferry on July 1, 1964. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Ferry riders aboard the Cape Henlopen have a good view of the Lewes terminal. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Andreah Smith paints on the arm of Zachary Puckett of Lewes. The 50th anniversary celebration included children's activities and entertainment throughout the day. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Rae Downes, left, of Georgetown and Ashley Wilkerson of Millsboro are ready to pose in a photo booth. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Larry Warren leads a group of children in a dance during an afternoon of music and games at the Lewes ferry terminal. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Brandon Brozosky of Middletown takes aim in the bag-toss game. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
What would a ferry celebration be without Lighthouse Pete? (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Sarah DeLucas, a Major League Bocce member, prepares to take a shot. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Kelsey Warren is busy making balloon animals for a long line of waiting children. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Gov. Jack Markell has a laugh as the ferry blows its boarding horn. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Gov. Jack Markell says the Cape May-Lewes Ferry is known as "The Best Ride in America." (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
The Funsters are the headline entertainment leading up to the fireworks. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
The Cape Henlopen prepares to dock at the Lewes ferry terminal. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
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