ROCKLAND, Maine — With a splash of champagne, Maine has welcomed into service the first new ferry in nearly 20 years.
The Capt. E. Frank Thompson, named after a former long-time ferry skipper, was christened at the Rockland Ferry Terminal. His daughter, Than Hopkins, broke a bottle of champagne on the ship’s bow during Friday’s ceremony.
The 154-foot ferry can carry 20 vehicles and 250 passengers to and from Maine’s islands.
It was funded mostly through federal stimulus dollars.
The Thompson is much taller than the current ferry — the 1968-built Governor Curtis. Adjustments had to be made at the dock’s fender panels to avoid damage to the vessel.