Cape May-Lewes Ferry connects the historic town of Lewes, Delaware,
and the Victorian city of Cape May, New Jersey. This relaxing and
scenic 17 mile journey across the beautiful Delaware Bay takes about
- 1-609-889-7200 in New Jersey for Schedule Times or 1-302-644-6030 in Delaware for Schedule Times
RESERVATIONS - call 1-800-64-FERRY
Cape May-Lewes Ferry launched its operation in 1964, thanks in part
to the opening of Virginia's Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. No longer
needing its ferries, Virginia sold four to the Delaware River &
Bay Authority for $3.3 million which were rechristened the SS Delaware,
SS New Jersey, SS Cape May, and MV Cape Henlopen.
Cape May-Lewes Ferry has since replaced the aging fleet with five
newer vessels. The fifth vessel, the MV Cape May, was placed in
operation in May, 1985, nearly 11 years after the completion of
the first new vessel, the MV Delaware.
Memorial Day, 1990, the MV Delaware was called upon for a unique
rescue mission. The passenger liner, Regent Star, had gone aground
some 25 miles upriver. After a two hour trip, the MV Delaware's
bow was maneuvered into the Regent Star's port side, allowing over
900 passengers to disembark. The success of this rescue mission
was attributed to the skill and dedication of the crew of the Cape
Ferry has transported people from not only every state in the nation,
but also from around the globe. On April 23, 1992, the Ferry's 20
millionth passenger crossed the Delaware on the MV Twin Capes.