April 6, 2010
GRAND BAY-WESTFIELD (CNB) - A new cable ferry for the crossing at Grand Bay-Westfield, the Henry Nase, was christened today.
Transportation Minister Denis Landry and Energy Minister Jack Keir participated in the ceremony and in the official maiden voyage of the vessel.
The ferry, 42 m long and 14 m wide, has a capacity of 24 cars and 97 passengers. It crosses the St. John River between Grand Bay-Westfield on Route 177 and Hardings Point off Route 845.
"The provincial government recognizes the importance of this ferry service to area residents and to the local economy," said Landry. "This $4-million investment demonstrates our commitment to ferry service as part of New Brunswick's transportation network."
The ferry is named after Col. Henry Nase, who built a house and started the Mount Hope Farm along the Nerepis River in 1786. Nase served seven years with the King's American Regiment. He was a commissioned ensign at the end of the American Revolutionary War.
"My community is proud and excited to play host to New Brunswick's newest ferry," said Keir. "This fine, well-built vessel will meet the growing traffic demands of our area and offer tourists and local residents a positive travel experience."
Ferry usage peaks in July and August at 2,322 vehicles and 3,700 passengers per day. The average usage during the winter is 840 vehicles and 1,100 passengers per day.
The Henry Nase replaces the Woolastook I as the main ferry at Westfield. The Woolastook I will continue as the secondary ferry.
MEDIA CONTACT: Andrew Holland, communications, Department of Transportation, 506-453-5634.