Sistersville Welcomes Reopening of Ferry
Historic Sistersville is known for many trademarks – the Little Sister Well, the many homes and buildings that hold historical significance such as the Gaslight Theatre, and even City Hall itself. However, for the past few years, Sistersville has been lacking a major heartbeat of the town – The Sistersville Ferry. It is the only Ferry on the Ohio River and has been in operation for over 200 years.
After years of tribulation and lack of funds, the Sistersville Ferry is finally expected to be in operation on July 2, with former Pilot Bo Hause at the wheel. Bo has been a pilot for eight years, and reports he had to accumulate days at sea before he could take the test to be qualified as a pilot.
“It was pretty rough,” said Bo regarding the state of the Ferry. He reported there is private contractor performing work to the boat. “The boat itself basically needed a good wash down…just from it sitting for almost two years, the paint is peeling and it needs a lot of work,” he reports.
“The Ohio landing is going to be another project,” he said. According to Bo, the Ferry is unable to reach the landing because the water in that area has become too shallow.
The dirt and sediment will need to be removed before the opening date of July 2. “If that’s not open, we can’t run,” Bo said.
Assisting Bo this year, will be new deckhand Greggory McDougle. According to Bo, there is still a lot of work to be done before opening day.
However, he is optimistic that things will go well.