Cornish Passenger Ferry Business offers the chance to become Captain of your own ship

ferry 450The owner of the Fowey to Mevagissey passenger ferry is putting the business up for sale.

John Wood has been at the helm of the ferry, which transports day trippers between the two scenic coastal towns of Mevagissey and Fowey, for 14 years.

John, who employs 2 crew and 2 other skippers, is planning on semi-retirement but says he won’t stay far away from the bay which is arguably one of the most beautiful in the country.

He says “I have a canoe so I can still get out on the sea and enjoy the views and the wildlife.

I will miss the interaction with the public though. Our Ferry is unique in that the wheel house is not separated from the passenger compartment so I can sit at the helm and chat with the passengers.”

The ferry, a Pro Charter 40, can carry a maximum of 50 passengers across the bay from Mevagissey to Fowey and back again, running trips from April through to October.

With 5 return journeys daily in the height of the summer it’s no wonder the service is appreciated by traders in both Fowey and Mevagissey.

Mike Roberts who’s Chairman of Mevagissey Parish Council and Vice Chairman of Mevagissey Harbour Trustees says “Both the harbour and the town derive a lot business from the ferry service.

It’s really a tourist attraction its own right. The trip across the bay is a beautiful one and when the visitors do step off the boat into the town they invariably have smiles on their faces.”


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