The ferry system on Casco Bay, Maine, United States, has seen wooden coal-fired ships, transporting passengers to the various islands. Today, diesel-powered ferry vessels, as seen in the photograph above, are ultra-safe and serve as the lifeline for island residents and visitors. The ferry boats receive over one million passengers a year.
I photographed the two shinny ferry boats early one morning walking along the Portland, Maine docks. The water was still and the sky was blue. The passenger-carrying ships each have a distinct yellow band along the hull. The Wabanakihas a passenger capacity of 398 and the Aucocisco III has a capacity of 399. The ships have a sailing speed of 12.2 knots.