|Virginia Inland Ferries
- The Jamestown-Scotland Ferry
Left Photo: The Pocahontas exits the Glass House Point terminal along the north shore of the James River.
Jamestown-Scotland Ferry, that carries VA 31 traffic across the James River,
is Virginia's largest inland ferry operation. Running seven days
a week, 24 hours a day, the four ferry boats (The Virginia, Surry, Pocahontas
and Williamsburg - shown at right) that cross the James run throughout
the year. Service began over 80 years ago on February 26, 1925 when
the Captain John Smith made the initial crossing. (1)
Not long after the initial voyage of the Captain John Smith, the first suggestion of building a bridge to replace the ferry was made in 1928. Since then, there have been numerous discussions and proposals to build a bridge over the river, but none have gathered any steam. The Virginia Department of Transportation took over the ferry operation in 1945 and continue to oversee ferry operations to this day.
Directions & Notes:
All photos taken by the webmaster, August 26 ,2006.
|Left Photo: Gulls and
other birds sit on top piers at the Scotland landing.
Right Photo: Exiting the Scotland landing heading north towards Jamestown.
|Left Photo: Looking
downriver on the James towards the east.
Right Photo: The Surry heads from Glass House Point towards Scotland.
|Left Photo: The Jamestown
Tricentennial Monument (obelisk in right-center of photo) can be seen while
crossing the James.
Right Photo: Large freighters, like the one pictures, are able to navigate the wide James River.
|Left Photo: The Pocahontas
exits the Glass House Point terminal on the north shore of the James.
Right Photo: A closer view of the Pocahontas.
|Left Photo: The
heads for the Glass House Point terminal.
Right Photo: Looking downriver on the James again, this time with an ocean freighter, jet skiers, and recreational boaters in view.
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Page Created: December 1, 2006
© 2006 William Lawson