Cape May-Lewes Ferry celebrates 50 years

Fireworks fill the sky June 29 in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Cape May-Lewes Ferry and Cape Henlopen State Park. BY RON MACARTHUR
July 2, 2014

The Cape May-Lewes Ferry celebrated 50 years in service June 29 with a day of celebratory festivities at the Lewes terminal. The Lewes festivities followed a similar celebration June 28 at the Cape May, N.J., terminal.

The Lewes event included a car show, entertainment, a dedication ceremony, children's games, a showing of the WHYY documentary "Billion Mile Journey" and ended with fireworks in collaboration with Cape Henlopen State Park, also celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2014.

After two ceremonial crossings the day before, ferry operation began at 6:47 a.m. July 1, 1964, with eight vehicles and 15 passengers. Over the past 50 years, the fleet has carried 43 million people, 14 million vehicles and logged 1 billion miles.

See more in the Friday, July 4 edition.