Today’s Views of the Neighborhood is all about the ferries that connect our island to the mainland. There are two ways on and off the island. The first is a causeway at the South end of the island and the second is a ferry ride at the North end.
Here is an archive photo of Mitzi the first ferry to serve our Island in 1922.
This next archive photo is of the Nellie B in service in the 1930s and 40s. In 1968 the Texas Department of Transportation took over ferry operations and the rides became toll-free.
Now in modern times, the Ferry service has the latest equipment and technology.
This sign gives ferry riders an idea of how long the wait will be in enough time to turn around if they choose.
This is a shot of the latest ferry put into service in 2010. It carries twenty-eight cars. There are two of these giants.
The next photo is of the older and smaller twenty car model of which there are six.
This photo is of the landing at Aransas Pass on the other side of the channel.
Here is a shot of the Port Aransas side of the channel
You may have noticed that each of the Ferries has a name. The names of the Ferries are past Executive Directors of the Texas Department of Transportation. Here is a close up of the Arnold W. Oliver.
These mothballed oil drilling rigs are across from the Port Aransas side.
It just so happened that a freighter was passing by.
Then a barge going in the opposite direction
In front of the barge is a dolphin surfing the bow wave.
My producer said to leave out the drilling rigs, freighter, and barge pictures but then Dan Antion’s voice hit my ear. “Leave ’em in,” he whispered.
Ferry operations are twentyfour hours a day seven days a week, 52 weeks of the year.