Usk Ferry

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The Usk Ferry is a cable ferry across the Skeena River in British Columbia, Canada. It is situated about 16 kilometres (9.9 mi) north-east of Terrace at Usk.[1]

Technically, the ferry is a reaction ferry, which is propelled by the current of the water. An overhead cable is suspended from towers anchored on either bank of the river, and a "traveller" is installed on the cable. The ferry is attached to the traveller by a bridle cable. To operate the ferry, either the right or left bridle cable is tightened to angle the pontoons into the current, causing the force of the current to move the ferry across the river.[2]

The ferry operates under contract to the British Columbia Ministry of Transportation, is free of tolls, and runs on demand between 0615 and 2345 with some gaps in service. It carries a maximum of 2 cars and 12 passengers at a time. The crossing is about 150 metres (490 ft) in length, and takes 5–7 minutes. At times of low water, or ice in the river, the ferry is replaced by an aerial tramway that carries passengers only.[1]

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  1. ^ a b "Inland Ferry Schedules". Province of British Columbia. Retrieved 2008-11-25. 
  2. ^ "Appendix D - Reaction and aerial ferry operation - Usk". Province of British Columbia. Retrieved 2008-11-25. 

Coordinates: 54°38′08″N 128°24′37″W / 54.635437°N 128.41037°W / 54.635437; -128.41037