"So you're going to take the ferry and avoid all the traffic around Houston," commented a fellow RV'er after learning we were headed to Lafayette, LA, from Galveston.
Hearing the phrase "avoid the traffic around Houston" was enough to pique my interest in any alternate route. "What ferry?" was my response, not wanting to sound desperate for a solution to my unasked question on how to avoid Houston.
The answer: The Galveston-Port Bolivar ferry, the bridge between two segments of State Highway 87. (The first regularly scheduled ferry service had been established In 1929 by a privately owned company.)
Now when I hear about the possibility of a ferry, I think about the challenge of towing the RV into a small lane on a ferry and the challenge of making turns in a small place. So, our trip to the Rookery at High Island (see the entry two days ago) had the secondary benefit of serving as a dry run to identify the loading procedures and the space on the ferry for our truck and RV.
The ferry operation consists of five boats, four of which, including the Robert H. Dedman, are named after former Texas Transportation Commission members. Each of which can carry approximately 70 vehicles, 500 passengers and six crew members. Each ferry is capable of carrying eight 18-wheel trucks weighing 80,000 pounds each. All of the boats are double-ended with a pilothouse on each end, and the Captain changes from one pilothouse to the other to go in the opposite direction.
We then headed toward our next adventure.