One of the Pamlico Sound ferries. Photo: P. Vankevich

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The Cedar Island and Swan Quarter ferries have returned to their regular schedules, the N.C. Ferry Division announced today.

Critical shoaling in the channel at Bigfoot Slough outside Ocracoke’s harbor prompted the Ferry Division to modify the ferry schedule between Ocracoke, Swan Quarter and Cedar Island on Saturday.

The Army Corps of Engineers’ side caster dredge, the Merritt, showed up Wednesday to work on clearing the channel and showed enough immediate results to resume the usual schedule today.

“The Merritt will continue  for three to five more days at Bigfoot Slough, then go to Hatteras to work on the inlet there, then they’ll come back to Bigfoot Slough and finish up,” said Ferry Division spokesman, Tim Hass. 

Here are the schedules until May 22:

Cedar Island (Crossing: 2 hrs.,15 min.):
From Cedar Island: 7 a.m., 10:30 and 4 p.m.
From Ocracoke: 7:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4.

Swan Quarter (Crossing: 2 hrs., 40 min.)
From Swan Quarter: 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
From Ocracoke: 7 a.m., 9:30 and 1:30 p.m.


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