ORIENT POINT, NY — A vessel in the Cross Sound Ferry fleet, the Cape Henlopen, was recently honored by the Steamship Historical Society of America, winning the “Ship of the Year” award.
The Ship of the Year award is given in recognition of a milestone or achievement that contributes to the historic significance of the motor ship, the Cross Sound Ferry explained.
“The Cape Henlopen has the honor of being one of the oldest operating ferries in the world and one of the few vessels that served during World War II still in active service,” said the Cross Sound Ferry.
One of the strengths of the ferry service was to participate in the invasion of Normandy on D-Day, dropping off 200 men and 70 vehicles of the 29th Infantry Division and taking care of the wounded for treatment, a said the Cross Sound Ferry.
The ship was used throughout the war, carrying troops and vehicles east and casualties west across the English Channel, “though bad luck saw it in need of repairs as a result. collisions with other ships and underwater obstructions. He was being prepared for the Pacific Theater when Japan surrendered, and earned a Battle Star for his service in World War II ” , said the Cross Sound Ferry.
After a period of inactivity, the Cape Henlopen was decommissioned and sold to the Chesapeake Bay Ferry District in Norfolk, Va., Where she began a second career.
“For the past several decades, it has operated between Lewes, Delaware and Cape May, New Jersey, for the Delaware River and Bay Authority, and currently between New London, Connecticut and Orient Point,” the Cross Sound Ferry said.