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Cape May – Lewes Ferry Celebrates Milestone - 43 Millionth Passenger Uses Delaware Bay Ferry Service

By Cape May-Lewes Ferry | Jan 08, 2014
Photo by: DRBA Bill Lowe, DRBA Vice Chairman; Scott Green, Executive Director; Bill and Fran Kisby ; Ruth Macintire; Lewes Terminal Manager Nikky Fisher, Lewes Terminal Manager; and Heath Gehrke, Director of Ferry Operations.

(Lewes, DE)  At approximately 8:45 a.m. this morning, the Cape May – Lewes Ferry registered its 43 millionth passenger at the Lewes Ferry Terminal.   Bill and Fran Kisby of Millsboro, Delaware purchased a ticket for the 9:15 AM departure bound for Cape May, New Jersey.

Lewes terminal manager Nikki Fisher presented the Kisbys with a gift package of Cape May - Lewes Ferry logo items, a CMLF 50th Anniversary ornament and a book of 6 vehicle tickets valid for future travel aboard the Cape May – Lewes Ferry.  Originally from Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey, the couple was traveling to New Jersey on business.  The Kisbys use the ferry service about twice a month.

Joining Delaware River and Bay Authority officials for the brief ceremony this morning was Ruth Macintire of Lewes, Delaware.  Ms. Macintire was on the inaugural ferry crossing in 1964.  Today’s ceremony to recognize the service milestone is the first in a series of events that will be held this year to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Cape May – Lewes Ferry.

For nearly fifty years, the Cape May - Lewes Ferry has offered continuous service for residents and visitors alike between the Cape May, New Jersey and Lewes, Delaware resort regions. In addition to 43 million passengers, the popular ferry service has transported more than 14 million vehicles in its history.   On July 1, 1964, the first ferry vessel departed the Lewes terminal at 6:47 a.m., carrying eight vehicles and fifteen passengers.  Since its inception, the Cape May – Lewes Ferry has been integral to the development of the Twin Capes region.

About the Cape May-Lewes Ferry

The Cape May – Lewes Ferry is owned and operated by the Delaware River and Bay Authority, a bi-state governmental agency created by Compact in 1962.  The Ferry is open year-round and has carried more than forty two million passengers since its inception on July 1, 1964.  In 2013, the ferry service, which connects Victorian Cape May, New Jersey, and historic Lewes, Delaware, transported approximately 275,000 vehicles and nearly 1 million passengers.

 

 

Captain Robert Vance (far left), his crew and passengers on board the MV Cape Henlopen ferry vessel pose with the Kisbys in front of the banner inside the passenger salon. (Photo by: DRBA)
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