Maine adding new ferry to its fleet

Posted April 20, 2012, at 10:05 a.m.
Last modified April 20, 2012, at 12:48 p.m.

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.

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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.

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