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Jamestown-Scotland Ferry Vessel

James City County
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Project at a Glance
Begin Date
Fall 2016

Est Completion Date
Early 2019

$24 Million

James City

Hampton Roads

Hampton Roads Communications

About the Project

This project involves the design and construction of a new ferry boat for the Jamestown-Scotland Ferry system. A new 70-vehicle capacity, double-ended, steel hull ferry boat will replace the Virginia. Built in 1936, it is the oldest vessel in the Jamestown-Scotland fleet. 

In September 2017, the Commonwealth Transportation Board voted to name the new vessel the Powhatan. (Read the release here.) 

The Powhatan is currently under construction at the VT Halter Marine Shipyard in Pascagoula, Mississippi. It will feature a 70-vehicle capacity, and will be able to transport nearly 500 passengers. 

The Virginia, built to accommodate 1930’s era vehicles, has narrower parking lanes and a 12-ton limit; it is only able to transport 25 cars on each pass.

The ferries take motorists across the James River between James City County at Glasshouse Point and Surry County at Scotland Wharf.


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