PASCAGOULA, Miss. (WAVY) – The ferry boat Powhatan took its first dip in the water, marking a major construction milestone.
This past weekend, shipbuilders in Mississippi lowered it into the water for the first time. Now the boat will undergo sea trials, testing and U.S. Coast Guard inspections.
Once it passes all these tests, the newest Jamestown-Scotland ferryboat is expected to join the fleet in Virginia this fall.
“More than 900,000 vehicles use the Jamestown-Scotland Ferry every year,” said VDOT Hampton Roads District Engineer Christopher Hall, P.E. “A modern fleet ensures we can continue to meet the future transportation demands of the Hampton Roads region.”
The new ferry boat can hold 70 vehicles and will replace the Virginia, which was build in 1936 and is only able to hold 25 cars.