|The new Dartmouth HIGHER FERRY on August 12, 2009. The new vessel built jointly by Ravestein and Pendennis Shipyard entered service in July 2009. The new HIGHER FERRY carries up to 32 cars and buses, coaches and freight vehicles up to 16 tons. The passenger capacity is 250. |
Crossing time is reduced to 3 minutes compared to it's predecessor's 5 minutes and the vessel is exceptionally quiet - making something akin to a low whining sound rather than the traditional sound of its 49 year old predecessor's paddle wheels. Passenger accommodation is provided on the down stream side of the vessel and is limited to a railed off area of the main deck and a shelter. There is no seating and now passenger access to the upper deck area which basically comprises the wheelhouse.