The return of Horne’s Ferry “three years of preparation”

CAPE VINCENT, New York (WWNY) — So much has come back after the pandemic. One that hasn’t, in full force so far, Horne’s Ferry to Cape Vincent.

In fact, owner George Horne wasn’t sure he could do it again.

Many people in Cape Vincent said that moment lasted three years. Aside from a small handful of trips in the fall of 2021, Horne’s Ferry has, for the most part, been docked since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic,

“For my family, it’s always been a tradition,” passenger Derryl Johnston said. “We always took the ferry to Kingston. I had lunch, I came back. I did it with my kids. And they do it with their children.

Taking a tour from Cape Vincent to Wolfe Island is a summer must-do. A tradition which, recently, is more difficult to perpetuate for George Horne, owner of Horne’s Ferry.

“It started a few days ago once we finished all of that,” he said.

This ‘trick’ left the ferry docked until last weekend, and included things like a lack of manpower and an internal dispute with other owners of the ferry business. This left the community guessing.

“The conversation around town was, ‘Oh there’s a rumor it’s going to start on Saturday,’ ‘Oh yeah, I think it’s going to start on Saturday.’ Then “I called another restaurant; maybe, but I’ll send someone else to check,” Johnston said.

The confusion ended when some of George’s team invested their time and money – becoming owner-operators in the business, ending the internal problems.

“My friend here Edward, he knew some people, and he was pretty good at getting them on. He and my cousin do most of the care of the boat,” Horne said.

Now, thanks to George’s recent partnership, a new generation of northern passengers can experience the tradition of a day on the St. Lawrence.

“I thought it would be fun for the kids. Just fun for them to be able to get out there, drop the wind and see the water up close. Really enjoy the experience,” said passenger Candance Frandsen.

The ferry is going to Canada and passengers will need a passport, proof of COVID vaccination and the ArriveCAN app on your smart phone.

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