Wiley Completes Ferryboat Surry To Operate At James River Crossing

Wiley Manufacturing, Port Deposit, Md., has completed and delivered to its new owners a passenger and automobile ferryboat, Surry, that will operate on the James River between Glasshouse Point and Scotland, Va.

Designed by Coast Engineering Company of Norfolk, Va., for the Virginia Department of Highways and Transportation, the ferry has a capacity of 50 automobiles and 350 passengers. It was constructed at Wiley's Port Deposit yards.

Service schedules began in January 1980.

The principal dimensions of the Surry are length 200 feet, beam 64 feet, and depth amidships of 16 feet, with a design operating draft of 9 feet 6 inches. Powered by a GM Electro-Motive 12E6 1,450-hp diesel engine, the ferry has two Columbian Bronze propellers fore and aft, propeller shafts manufactured by Morgan Engineering, a s u b s i d i a r y of AMCA International, Fernstrum keel coolers, two Raytheon radars, three Detroit Diesel ship's service generators, and one emergency generator by Detroit.

The introduction of this 350- passenger ferryboat will help alleviate peak travel tie-ups in the important James River historic and tourist areas. Wiley Manufacturing is a unit of AMCA International Corporation. A fabricating and shipyard facility, the Wiley plant is equipped for the construction of vessels up to 425 feet in length, and of any type of floating steel equipment up to 2,400 deadweight tons.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 12,  Feb 15, 1980

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