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Don't mess with Texas' oldest ferry service

9/16/2014 | Words: Chuck Mahnken | Pictures: Lynchburg Ferry

2-Cycle engines, Series 71

The Lynchburg Ferry has a long history dating back to 1822, when it was known as Lynch's Ferry. In 1826, It played a vital role in Texas’ fight for independence. Today, the oldest ferry service in Texas is still hard at work – 16 hours a day, seven days a week – thanks to Detroit Diesel 2-Cycle engines.

Todd Shipyard built the William P. Hobby and Ross S. Sterling ferryboats in 1964. Powered by Detroit Diesel 2-Cycle 6-71NA engines, the two ferries continue to transport 1,500-2,000 vehicles every day starting each morning at 4:30am.

Both ferries are 61’8" in length and 8’9" in depth. Their gross weight is 110 tons, with a capacity of 12 vehicles. Depending on the wind, currents and traffic, each ferry can cross the 1080-foot channel between Lynchburg and La Porte in under ten minutes.


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