90th Anniversary of the Jamestown-Scotland Ferry


WHEREAS, on February 26, 1925, Captain Albert F. Jester made the first automobile ferry crossing of the James River on the “Captain John Smith”; and

WHEREAS, in 1945 the Virginia Department of Transportation took over the privately established operation of the Jamestown-Scotland Ferry, the only 24-hour state-run ferry in the Commonwealth that runs 7 days a week; and

WHEREAS, the 15-minute scenic crossing from Glass House Point at Jamestown to the landing at Scotland Wharf gives ferry riders an opportunity to be transported through historical landmarks, viewing the same land and river that settlers of the first English Colony viewed some 400 years ago; and

WHEREAS, the four ferry fleet which includes the Pocahontas, Williamsburg, Surry, and Virginia, carries more than 900,000 vehicles annually, with an estimated million plus passengers year round, a large transformation from the original single ferry that had the ability to carry only 16 Model-T Fords; and

WHEREAS, the 90th Anniversary of the Jamestown-Scotland Ferry is an opportunity to recognize its historic place in Virginia’s rich transportation history;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize February 26, 2015, as the 90TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE JAMESTOWN-SCOTLAND FERRY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.