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Update: Jamestown-Scotland Ferry back at full capacity

Jimmy LaRoue

The Jamestown-Scotland Ferry had been running at a reduced capacity Thursday morning, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation, but was fully operational again by 12 p.m.

The Surry ferry boat, which has a 50-car capacity, was out of service due to a mechanical issue, according to VDOT spokeswoman Nina Napolitano. She said the Coast Guard had to inspect the Surry to make sure it was safe before it could shuttle cars again.

The Pocahontas, with a 70-car capacity and the Virginia, with a 25-car capacity, were in operation while the Surry was out of service.

The ferry crosses the James River and goes between Jamestown and Surry County.

A new ferry boat — named the Powhatan — will come into service in spring 2018. The new boat will hold 70 cars.

LaRoue can be reached by phone at 757-345-2342, by email at or on Twitter @jlaroue.

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