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 urban 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 shiny ferry boats during the golden hour, walking along the Portland, Maine docks early one morning. The water was still, and the sky was blue. The passenger-carrying ships each have a distinct yellow band along the hull. The Wabanaki has a passenger capacity of 398, and the Aucocisco III has a total of 399. The ships have a sailing speed of 12.2 knots.
© Dan Kosmayer, 2018