Swans Island Ferry Back Online



SWANS ISLAND — The state ferry from Bass Harbor to this offshore island came back on line Thursday, April 9, at 11:15 a.m. after being out of service for two days, said Bass Harbor ferry terminal supervisor Sharon Johnson.

The ferry went out of service as a result of damage to the bridge loading mechanism at the Swan’s Island terminal, she said.

Maine Department of Transportation crews worked to repair a broken mechanism at the terminal on Tuesday and Wednesday. According to reports, an electrical problem led to damage to a steel arm that lowers the ramp used to allow vehicles on and off the ferry. Problems with the equipment and installation at the Bass Harbor end have been ongoing for nearly a year.

A new steel arm had to be manufactured and installed into the vehicle ferry, which is operated by the Maine Department of Transportation, in order for it to function again.

During the outage, Kim Strauss of Island Cruises operated a temporary passenger ferry service in Bass Harbor aboard his vessel, the R.L. Gott.

Nicole Ouellette

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