Ferry System to Pull One Vessel Out of Service for Winter

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The "Pocahontas" has been in service since 1995 and can carry 70 vehicles. The new boat, which will replace an older boat, will likely look similar to the "Pocahontas." (Photo courtesy VDOT)
The “Pocahontas” has been in service since 1995 and can carry 70 vehicles. (Photo courtesy VDOT)

Though the Jamestown-Scotland Ferry system will be operating under its normal schedule this winter, it will do so without the help of its largest vessel.

The Pocahontas, which carries up to 70 vehicles at a time as the largest vessel in the four-ferry fleet, will be taken out of service after the morning rush Monday to undergo its biennial hull inspection with the U.S. Coast Guard.

While in the shipyard, crews will rebuild the propulsion drive systems, perform engine work and handle other maintenance.

The work is slated to take until March 2016.

The three other vessels – Virginia, Surry and Williamsburg – will operate on a normal schedule. With the Pocahontas out of service, about 20 fewer vehicles per hour will be carried across the James River.

For status updates on the ferry schedule, commuters can call the ferry hotline 24 hours a day at 800-VAFERRY, visitwww.511virginia.org, call 511, download Virginia’s free 511 mobile app, or listen to Highway Advisory Radio (HAR) 1680 AM for current traffic and travel information.