The West Virginia Department of Tourism and the Cumberland Transportation Department are proud to announce the re-opening of the Ottoman River Ferry. Originally opened in 1811, the Ottoman River Ferry linked Cumberland, Maryland to Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, providing an important supply route between Maryland and West Virginia at the turn of the the 19th century. In operation for more than 70 years, the Ferry closed after a series of devastating floods washed away docking facilities in 1899 and 1924.
The Potomac River Ferry runs the same route as the original ferry, transporting pedestrians and vehicles to and from Cumberland and Harpers Ferry. The Ferry currently runs ten times a day on two different boats, the Yankee Clipper and the Rebel Yell. Only the Yankee Clipper carries both massager and vehicles. Absolutely no vehicles over 5 tons are permitted on the ferry.
The ferry will begin operation on Sunday, April 2nd, 2006. To celebrate the re-opening of the ferry, all pedestrians and bicyclists can ride for free on Sunday. Normal rates apply for vehicles. See the attached schedule for a list of fares.
To prevent over crowing during peak times, reservations are required for vehicles with more than 4 wheels. Vehicle reservations also require prepayment by traveler’s check, bank money order, or credit card. Do not send cash by mail. Personal checks are not accepted.
Residents of West Virginia and Maryland may obtain a discounted rate by showing any of the following documents:
Current driver’s license
Current state-issued identification card
Valid voter registration card
1. What is the main purpose of the information?
A. To reissue the schedule for crossing a local water way.
B. To distribute schedules to local customers.
C. To advertise that a local transportation was now open.
D. To retrospect the history of a local treasure.
2. Why was the Ferry closed for so many years?
A. It was destroyed during a historic conflict.
B. It was seldom used and fell disrepair.
C. There were conflicting ownership claims that needed resolution.
D. Natural disasters forced its closure.
3. What types of vehicles must obtain reservations to use the Ferry?
A. All vehicles with 4 wheels.
B. More than 4 wheelchairs.
C. All vehicles weighing more than 4 tons.
D. All vehicles with 5 or more wheels.
4. Which of the following does NOT qualify as proof of residency?
A. A current Virginia driver’s license.
B. A current Maryland driver’s license.
C. A West Virginia voter registration card.
D. A current Maryland ID card issued by the state.