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Cable Ferry (Fort Ticonderoga Ferry)

By Water
Courtesy Fort Ticonderoga Ferry

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Cars and Small Pickups $10 one way - $16 round

1 Ton Trucks $10 one way - $16 round

Motorcycles $5 one way

Pedestrians $1 one way

Bicycles $2 one way

Description

The cable ferry has been operating here, connecting Ticonderoga, NY, with Shoreham, VT, since 1759. A double-ended sailing scow was used for many years beginning in 1800. The sail ferry had a sail that would swing completely around to reverse course from one side to the other. It was steered with a sweep that could be mounted on either end of the boat. A steam ferry was run in the 1870s and the steam ferry barge, Ethan Allen was run in the 1880s. In 1946, a cable system was installed. The WWI surplus pontoon barge Fort Ticonderoga began service in 1949. In 1959, its successor, also a barge, Ticonderoga II took over, powered by the converted tug Ethan Allen (and later replaced by Addie B, in 1979). Ticonderoga II is a 94-ton barge with room for fifteen to eighteen cars.

Services Offered

The ferry links Ticonderoga, N.Y. and Shoreham, Vt.

It takes seven minutes to cross.

Hours

Season And Hours Open

Open May 10th through October 26th