Post by captainkevin on Sept 8, 2012 3:47:06 GMT -8
I thought this might be an interesting topic since the passenger ferry company I work for, Chebeague Transportation Company, in Chebeague Island, Maine, frequently puts one of our vessels into service as a Navy Liberty boat when a Navy ship visits several ports on the coast of Maine. Typically they visit Rockland, Camden and Boothbay harbors. We have been visited by USS Whibdey Island, Oak Hill, San Antonio and the Normandy to name a few.
Does anyone else do this? Care to share some good stories? We have lots of fun meeting the crew of these ships and providing a reliable way to get to shore to enjoy our beautiful seaside towns.
Post by captainkevin on Sept 8, 2012 4:33:06 GMT -8
We use our 56', two deck, twin screw fiberglass boat during these charters. She can carry 88 passengers which makes her well suited to transport Navy crew to shore. We run the liberty boat from 7am until 2am getting the crew back to the ship after "last call" at the local bars.
We dock to various types of Navy ships sometimes landing on an attached barge or landing on the open stern of some amphibious vehicle transport ships.
Post by Low Light Mike on Sept 8, 2012 8:57:43 GMT -8
Welcome here, Captain Kevin.
Thanks for setting up and starting this new topic. Usually when I see the word "Liberty" attached to a ship, I think of WWII and Atlantic supply vessels. - But "Liberty / Shore Leave" makes sense that your vessels are needed.
Post by captainkevin on Sept 8, 2012 10:30:01 GMT -8
Thank you for the welcome!
I run a very small ferry (103 passengers) on the Island where I live on Chebeague Island, Maine. But we serve as an important service in providing transportation to the mainland for commuters, residents and school children. It also serves as our ambulance to the mainland 24/7.
These liberty charters are a nice change of pace and I enjoy meeting new people.
I am interested to see if other ferry companies use their vessels in the same way. They would of course have to be smaller and able to land along side these ships.
M/V Charles Hall @ Halls Crossing 'terminal' - Utah Highway 276. This is on the south end of the Lake Powell (Colorado River) crossing in the state of Utah - 28 March 2015. This is the route once served by the John Atlantic Burr, the vessel that was cut up & moved north and transforme4d into BCFS's Kuper. My wife & I sailed on this vessel on one of its three round trips per week, all on a Saturday, at this tine of year. During summer it makes multiple round trips daily. More photos in a few weeks when I return to the Great not-so White North...
That docking apparatus is actually pretty much the same as the wedges used on Arrow Lakes crossings in BC, particularly the one at Needles. Lake Powell is a reservoir & rises & falls even more (I believe) than does the Arrow Lakes. The vessel itself is used to push the wedges up the beach when lake level is rising, and to drag it down the beach when the level is falling.
BTW, this fresh water crossing is not 'free' as in BC. We paid 25 US$'s for the car & all its contents, people included.