I'm starting to go through and process my pics from back east - just got home last night so it's going to take some time. But, I do have the New Brunswick Ferries ready to show.
First up is the Hopper II of East Coast Ferries, LTD, which we took from Campobello Island to Deer Island. It operates in the summers only, but it sure is a nice option, especially since it saved us from having to re-enter the US, and drive to the Calais / St. Stephen crossing to get back into Canada. Hopper II lands on the beach at both ends, very much like BC Ferries Kwuna.
Hopper II beached at Campobello Island
the ferry is pretty much a tug/barge setup, but the interesting feature of this vessel is the hinge point where the tug connects to the barge. It allows it to pivot around when the vessel needs to change direction. that's what it is doing in this photo. it's pivoting around the hinge to make the barge go the other direction. I thought that was pretty cool.
the barge holds about 20 cars. Here you can see our little red rental car, already dirty from the gravel roads in Roosevelt Campobello International Park
We passed right by Eastport, Maine on the way to Deer Island. As you can see, the ferry route takes you pretty close to the Maine shore
Cruising past Deer Island Point with Maine across the channel
That beach is the landing site on Deer Island
At Deer Island
Backing out for the return trip to Campobello Island
The next series of photos show Hopper II pivoting the barge around to align itself correctly for the crossing back to Campobello
Next up is the New Brunswick Provincial Ferry that we took from the north end of Deer Island to L'etete on the New Brunswick mainland. This one is a free ferry, and seems to be very similar to the BC interior ferries. It's only a 25 minute crossing, and they have 2 ferries going, so the sailings are frequent.
ferry line-up on the Deer Island side
We were on the Deer Island Princess II. She has a capacity of 24 cars, and we were the second to last car on, pretty much barely making it. It wouldn't have mattered to me, though, with another sailing only 30 minutes away.
Deer Island Princess II's meager passenger cabin, located on the car deck, much like many of BC Ferries "barge-style" ferries
passing the other ferry, John E Rigby
John E Rigby
passing by Green's Point Lighthouse
Unloading at L' Etete
at L' Etete
a full load heading back to Deer Island. They did leave several cars
The next day, I drove to Blacks Harbour on my way to Saint John, and got some good pics of Grand Manan Adventure, the ferry that takes you to Grand Manaan Island
Here she comes - Grand Manan Adventure nearing Blacks Harbour
Adventure loads and unloads at the stern on the Black Harbour end, so she does a manoeuvre similar to what Coho does in Port Angeles: she uses the jetty to pivot around and line up with the ramp, then backs straight in
Did you get any photos of the other ferry, "Grand Manan Expedition" ?
Grand Manan Expedition? Don't know about that one. The website lists 2 vessels: Grand Manan Adventure and Grand Manan V. We were at Blacks Harbour for only a short time, so I only saw the Adventure. Although, if they ever get a new vessel, they should name it Grand Manan Expedition. It would seem fitting to have an east coast Adventure and Expedition companion set - I, too, like balance in things
Last Edit: Jul 31, 2015 20:34:36 GMT -8 by Kahloke
Nice video - thanks for sharing. I had the oppourtunity to ride this little ferry from Campobello to Deer Island last summer (see my post w/ photos earlier in this thread). I like this little ferry, and was intrigued by how the little tug maneuvered the barge around to change directions.