Saturday, December 13, 2008

White's Ferry Passengers Stranded on Friday Morning

So'd you hear about the ferry getting stuck on Friday stranding a couple of dozen passengers who had to be rescued?

According to NewsChannel 8, "... 24 people and their 20 vehicles were on the ferry when it became entangled with debris."

"A Montgomery County fire department spokesman says the Gen. Jubal Early ferry was crossing from Maryland to Virginia and got stuck shortly after 8:10 a.m. A police spokeswoman says trees put tension on the cable pulling the ferry, bringing it to a stop."

According to the Washington Post, "Ferries have operated at that location on the Potomac -- just north of Leesburg on the Virginia side and about six miles west of Poolesville on the Maryland side -- since before the Civil War. The current operation was purchased in 1946 by Edwin Brown, who, at age 88, still oversees the business today. The boat travels via cable and moves as many as 600 people, and their vehicles, across the Potomac each day. Cars line up on what looks like a boat ramp on both sides of the river, awaiting their turn for the short trip across. "

Commuters usually use the ferry to travel between Loudoun and Montgomery Counties.

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