Cape May-Lewes Ferry wants memories, memorabilia to celebrate 50 years

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Ferry wants memories, memorabilia to celebrate 50 years LOWER TOWNSHIP – Delaware River and Bay Authority (DRBA) officials are asking the public to share their favorite ferry experiences, photos and memorabilia for an exhibit to coincide with the Cape May-Lewes Ferry’s 50th anniversary next year.

The Cape May-Lewes Ferry, which is operated by the DRBA and serves the Twin Capes region of Cape May and Lewes, Del. began operations on July 1, 1964. On that date, the first ferry vessel departed the Lewes terminal at 6:47 a.m., carrying eight vehicles and fifteen passengers. The DRBA is in the early stages of planning events and activities to celebrate the significant milestone.

“The Ferry has always been important to the communities of Lewes and Cape May and to the larger Twin Capes region,” said Scott Green, executive director of the DRBA. “A central focus of the 50th anniversary celebration will be an exhibition in multiple locations in 2014, based primarily in both of our ferry terminals, highlighting this exciting moment in history and all of the people who made it possible.”  

To properly document the history of the ferry from all angles, local residents on both sides of the Delaware Bay are encouraged to share their ferry experiences, photos and memorabilia. They may be shared on the 50th Anniversary Memorabilia album on the Cape May-Lewes Ferry’s Facebook page (go to “Photos” and look for the 50th Anniversary Memorabilia) or they can be sent via email directly to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . 

Special arrangements to share larger or more valuable pieces of history can be made by calling public information officer James Salmon at 302-571-6409.

Over the years, the ferry has transported more than 42 million people and 14 million vehicles across the Delaware Bay. Cars from each of the 50 states and numerous foreign countries have made the ferry trip.

“The Cape May-Lewes Ferry is part of the unique history of Delaware and New Jersey and we want to showcase this important story,” said Heath Gehrke, director of ferry operations. “If you have original artifacts that you would be willing to let us borrow and display for a period of time, please email us to let us know.”

The DRBA also has plans for a festival in 2014 to mark the event. The details of this will be released in the fall.

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