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Heath Gehrke
Director of Operations
The Cape May – Lewes Ferry
Cape May – Lewes Ferry
- History
- Ferry Service Today
- Vessels & Terminals
- Tourism Activities
History
 Feb 1895 – DE authorized Queen Ann’s RR to extend to
Rehoboth and then on to Cape May via steamship.
 1926 – Ba...
History
 1962 – Compact created by legislatures of DE & NJ and
by Act of Congress to form DRBA.
 DRBA responsible to man...
History
- SS Pocahontas
- SS Princess Anne
- SS DelMarVa
- MV Cape Henlopen
• 1963 – DRBA Commission passes resolution
proposing ferry crossing.
• Cape May-Lewes Ferry service begins July 1, 1964
• ...
Cape May – Lewes Ferry
 Annually
 750,000 passengers
 280,000 vehicles
 Heavily Seasonal
 8 to 28 departures per
day ...
56%
24%
20%
<2 Trips 2 - 6 Trips >6 Trips
Passengers
 Demographics
 50% of customers are from three local counties:
Cape...
Employees
 141 permanent employees
 250-300 seasonal employees
 About 80% in NJ,
20% based in DE
Terminals
- Cape May
- Lewes
Vessels
Tourism Activities
 Tours & Packages
 Cape May Zoo Trip
 Cape May Guided Tour
 Lewes Historic Trolley Tour
 Atlantic ...
Group Tours / Private Parties
Theme Cruises
 “Rock the Boat” Cruise
 Tropical Tuesday Cruise
- Marine Naturalist
Program
- Wine Lover’s
Cruise
Special Events
 Escape the Cape
- Maritime Day
- Brewfest
- Concerts on
the Green
- 50th Anniversary
Conclusion
THANK-YOU!
www.CMLF.com
Heath Gehrke
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  1. 1. Heath Gehrke Director of Operations The Cape May – Lewes Ferry
  2. 2. Cape May – Lewes Ferry - History - Ferry Service Today - Vessels & Terminals - Tourism Activities
  3. 3. History  Feb 1895 – DE authorized Queen Ann’s RR to extend to Rehoboth and then on to Cape May via steamship.  1926 – Baltimore developer purchases 3 of 12 concrete ships built for troop transport during WWI for use as a ferry landing.  1953 – NJ Legislature authorized construction and operation of a ferry to connect GSP with DE.
  4. 4. History  1962 – Compact created by legislatures of DE & NJ and by Act of Congress to form DRBA.  DRBA responsible to manage DMB and all “crossings” over the DE River & Bay between the two states. Mandated to address need for another bay crossing.  Governed by 6 Commissioners from each state, appointed by the Governor
  5. 5. History - SS Pocahontas - SS Princess Anne - SS DelMarVa - MV Cape Henlopen
  6. 6. • 1963 – DRBA Commission passes resolution proposing ferry crossing. • Cape May-Lewes Ferry service begins July 1, 1964 • Ferry operates 24 hours/day then reduced to 16 hours/day in 1975 • 1972 – DRBA signs contract to build 3 new vessels • 1981 – Fourth vessel MV NewDel (later renamed MV CH) • 1994-1998 – Vessel refurbishments $54.4 million History
  7. 7. Cape May – Lewes Ferry  Annually  750,000 passengers  280,000 vehicles  Heavily Seasonal  8 to 28 departures per day depending on season.
  8. 8. 56% 24% 20% <2 Trips 2 - 6 Trips >6 Trips Passengers  Demographics  50% of customers are from three local counties: Cape May & Atlantic, NJ & Sussex, DE  Usage profile:
  9. 9. Employees  141 permanent employees  250-300 seasonal employees  About 80% in NJ, 20% based in DE
  10. 10. Terminals - Cape May - Lewes
  11. 11. Vessels
  12. 12. Tourism Activities  Tours & Packages  Cape May Zoo Trip  Cape May Guided Tour  Lewes Historic Trolley Tour  Atlantic City Tours  Maritime History Tours
  13. 13. Group Tours / Private Parties
  14. 14. Theme Cruises  “Rock the Boat” Cruise  Tropical Tuesday Cruise - Marine Naturalist Program - Wine Lover’s Cruise
  15. 15. Special Events  Escape the Cape - Maritime Day - Brewfest - Concerts on the Green - 50th Anniversary
  16. 16. Conclusion THANK-YOU! www.CMLF.com Heath Gehrke
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