Jamestown-Scotland Ferry Resumes Full Service

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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. The new boat, which will replace an older boat, will likely look similar to the “Pocahontas.” (Photo courtesy VDOT)

The Jamestown-Scotland Ferry vessel, Pocahontas, returned to service last week after some needed work.

The Pocahontas, which carries up to 70 vehicles at a time as the largest vessel in the four-ferry fleet, was removed from service in December in order to undergo its biennial hull inspection with the U.S. Coast Guard.

With the Pocahontas out of service, about 20 fewer vehicles per hour were carried across the James River.

While in the shipyard, crews rebuilt the propulsion drive systems, performed engine work and took care of other maintenance.

The Pocahontas joins the three other vessels – Virginia, Surry and Williamsburg – operating on a normal 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.

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