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Pamlico Sound ferries again on abbreviated schedule

Swan Quarter ferry PS 2015-07-30 17.31.33The Pamlico Sound ferries are again on an abbreviated schedule while one of the ferry boats, the Cedar Island, is out of commission awaiting repair of the starboard engine shaft seal, said Tim Hass, ferry division spokesman.  He said it should be back in the water on Monday.

That schedule is as follows:

Cedar Island to Ocracoke: 7 a.m., 10 a.m., 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Ocracoke to Cedar Island: 7:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Swan Quarter to Ocracoke: 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Ocracoke to Swan Quarter:  7 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 12:45 p.m.

Each leg is missing one run a day, and the schedule is continuously updated on the Twitter feed.

The Ferry Cedar Island suffered a mechanical issue with the starboard engine shaft seal, Hass said.  The vessel’s crew was unable to repair the shaft seal, so the vessel is at the Manns Harbor Shipyard for repairs.

The Cedar Island and Swan Quarter ferries leave from the south end of the island. Both charge a fee for all vehicles and walk-ons. Both crossing times are more than two hours.

As for the runs on the free ferry between Hatteras and Ocracoke at the north end of the island, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday continue to be heavy volume days, and he recommended that day visitors to the island will have less of a wait if they arrive at the Hatteras terminal before 10 a.m. or after 3 p.m.

For more information about the North Carolina ferry system, click here.

For Ocracoke news, click here.

 

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