The newest addition to the fleet, the JENNIFER C, was originally built in 1965 as the M/V PAMLICO by New Bern Shipyard in New Bern, North Carolina for the North Carolina Department of Transportation Ferry Division. The vessel served on the Swan Quarter to Ocracoke and the Cedar Island to Ocracoke routes across the Pamlico Sound in that state. The vessel was acquired by Cross Sound Ferry Services in 2015 and was delivered in early 2016 where it underwent extensive improvements at Thames Shipyard & Repair Co. A new passenger cabin was added along with a complete renovation to the existing cabin. Comfortable seating accommodations were added in a climate controlled environment along with a full service Cross Sound Deli and lounge offering signature sandwiches, salads and flatbreads. The JENNIFER C is named for Jennifer C. Wronowski, the wife of Cross Sound Ferry Vice President and co-owner Adam Wronowski. The vessel can accommodate up to 50 automobiles and 300 passengers and offers all of the amenities Cross Sound travelers have come to enjoy.
Built as a World War II landing craft (USS LST 510) in Jeffersonville, Indiana, the Cape Henlopen participated in the D-Day invasion at Normandy in 1944 receiving one battle star for service. In 1966, it was converted to a passenger and auto ferry and served on the Lewes, Delaware - Cape May, New Jersey route. It was purchased in 1983 by Cross Sound Ferry and underwent a total refurbishment before entering service. The ferry was repowered in 1995 with EMD 12-645 diesel engines, ensuring a long future of trouble-free operation.
The John H. was built in 1989 by Eastern Marine Shipyard in Panama City, Florida exclusively for Cross Sound Ferry, and is the largest capacity ferry in the fleet able to carry in excess of 100 vehicles and 1000 passengers. . The vessel features a dual-level auto deck, , lounge, food service, , and satellite televisions. For those passengers requiring assistance, there is an elevator between the vehicle deck and main passenger cabin. In 2009, the John H. was repowered with new engines to reduce emissions and improve air quality.
With a service speed of 15 knots, the Mary Ellen is one of the swiftest in the Cross Sound fleet. Acquired by Cross Sound Ferry in March 2003, then renovated at Thames Shipyard & Repair, it was put into service in June, 2003. It has a capacity of 85 vehicles and 675 passengers. In 2010, the vessel was repowered with Caterpillar EPA Tier 2 engines reducing fuel consumption and emissions. An elevator has been added between the vehicle deck and main passenger cabin.
Built in 1964, the Susan Anne began as the vessel Prince Nova, sailing between Caribou, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island in Canada. After receiving an Act of Congress in 1998 to purchase the Prince Nova, Cross Sound Ferry completely rebuilt the vessel to include new passenger cabins with aircraft-style seating, hydraulic lift decks for automobiles, and improvements to the engine room, electrical and propulsion systems. The third largest vessel in the fleet (80 autos and 840 passengers), it is also among the fastest, thanks to the efficient “round bilge” hull design. Amenities include a lounge offering scenic views of the crossing, food service area and an elevator between decks. In 2012, the vessel had its General Motors engines upgraded to EPA Tier 2 emissions standards.
The New London was built in New London, Connecticut by Thames Shipyard and Repair Company in 1979 as the first new build vessel in the Cross Sound Ferry fleet. Between 1992 and 2003, extensive renovations included a new upper passenger cabin and the installation of a 50 foot mid-body that increased vehicle capacity. . One of the fastest vehicle carriers in the Cross Sound fleet, the New London travels at a speed of 15 knots.
Built in Morgan City, Louisiana as an offshore supply vessel, the North Star was purchased by Cross Sound Ferry in 1984 and converted to an auto/passenger ferry by Eastern Marine Shipyard in Panama City, Florida. The NORTH STAR has been removed from regular service and is now primarily used for charter service to multiple destinations on request.
Our high-speed passenger ferry, the 400-passenger Sea Jet I makes the 16 mile crossing in just 40 minutes, and is capable of cruising at speeds in excess of 30 knots (35 mph). Its patented Wave Piercing Catamaran design, and new and upgraded ride control system ensure a high level of passenger comfort in all sea conditions. Built by Nichols Brothers Shipyard in the state of Washington, the Australian designed InCat once served as part of a Hawaiian inter-island commuter service and dinner cruise boat. After service between the California coast and Catalina Island, Cross Sound acquired the vessel in 1995, where it has served reliably ever since. The Sea Jet was repowered in 2012with Caterpillar 3512 CHD high-speed diesel engines certified to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Tier 2 emissions standards.
The Caribbean was built in 1972 by Blount Marine in Warren, Rhode Island for service throughout the Caribbean archipelago and West Indies. It was purchased by Cross Sound in 1977. Most recently, it was fitted with a new pilothouse and loading ramp.