According to news sources, the state of North Carolina has signed a contract for a new ferry to serve the Ocracoke-Cedar Island and Ocracoke-Swan Quarter routes. The new vessel will be 220 feet long, by 50 feet wide, and will be able to carry up to 50 cars and 300 passengers. Work may begin as early as later this month, and is expected to be completed by May, 2011.
You can read more about this contract here:
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is a reprint of an article Philip wrote about sailing aboard the historic two-masted schooner, Mary E. It was originally published in the Washington Post in 1976. You can read it here: