Lake Champlain Ferries is pleased to announce that it has taken delivery of a 216-foot vehicle / passenger ferry named the Raymond C. Pecor Jr., built for them by Eastern Marine Shipbuilding Group of Panama City Florida.
John W. Gilbert Associates of Hingham Mass designed the vessel with a passenger capacity of 200 and the vehicle load capacity of 220 long tons. The main engines are 1,000-hp Caterpillar 3508Cs and there are two 54-kW Caterpillar gensets. Speed is approximately 10 knots.
The Raymond C. Pecor Jr, is a sister vessel to the M/V Cumberland, which Eastern built and delivered in 2000. She will join Lake Champlain Transportation’s fleet of eleven vessels after it is re-assembled in Burlington. It is expected to be operating by the first of the New Year.
The vessel will make its journey up the Hudson and through the Champlain Canal, where the pilothouse and lounge will be dismantled and stored on the deck to clear overhead obstructions.
The ferry is scheduled to go on the run at the Grand Isle-Cumberland Head ferry crossing by first of the new year.
Source: LCT 11.8.2010