The Canby Ferry in Oregon, with south bank of the Willamette in view
|Transit type||Electric cable ferry|
|Route||Locust Street (to the south)
Mountain Road (to the north)
|Carries||Motor vehicles, bicycles, pedestrians|
|Operator||Clackamas County, Oregon|
|System length||0.15 miles (0.24 km)|
|Travel time||3 minutes|
|No. of vessels||1 (M.J. Lee II)|
|No. of terminals||2|
The Canby Ferry (formally the M.J. Lee II) is a ferry in the U.S. state of Oregon that connects Canby, and Wilsonville/Stafford in Clackamas County across the Willamette River. The service has been in operation since 1914, except from 1946 to 1953. The specific vessel used has been replaced and updated several times, most recently in 1997. It is one of three remaining ferries on the Willamette River.
The ferry has room for six cars (or 75 tons) and a total passenger capacity of 49. A toll is charged for all crossings. As of 2013, a passenger car costs $4.00, a motorcycle, bicycle, or pedestrian $2.00, and $24.00 is charged if a vehicle takes up the entire ferry. The ferry, the M.J. Lee II, is a cable ferry powered by electricity provided by overhead lines and is guided across the river by an underwater cable 1.25 inches (32 mm) in diameter, leaving the vessel relatively unaffected by the river's currents.
The ferry is required by the Navigation Rules to display a day shape and, at night, certain lights that communicate to other vessels its (right-of-way) rights on navigable waters. Because the ferry is guided by an underwater cable, and is fed electricity from an overhead cable, its ability to maneuver is restricted. Such vessels must display the day shape for restricted maneuverability which is a ball, diamond, and ball displayed vertically in the rigging. As the Canby Ferry is permanently with restricted maneuverability, the shipbuilders mounted a metal ball-diamond-ball on a mast. Before sunrise and after sunset, and during periods of restricted visibility, the ferry must display the red over white over red array of a vessel restricted in ability to maneuver.
The ferry is named after Millard Jerome Lee, the first child born in Canby. Lee was born in 1872, two years after the town was platted in 1870. The vessel currently in use, M.J. Lee II, has been providing the service since 1997.
In 2013, operation of the ferry was suspended from January to July, to allow major maintenance work to be carried out. The work included retrofitting the vessel with a new propulsion equipment that is quieter and more energy-efficient – using less electricity – than previously.
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- List of crossings of the Willamette River
- Tims, Dana (September 4, 2010). "A thing of the past fills a modern need". The Oregonian (Portland, Oregon: Advance Publications). pp. E1, E3.
- Runquist, Justin (July 19, 2013). "Canby Ferry restarts trips this morning". The Oregonian. p. B3. Retrieved August 9, 2013.
- US Dept of Transportation, United States Coast Guard "Navigation Rules, International-Inland", COMDTINST M16672.2D, Paradise Cay Publications, Arcata, California ISBN 0-939837-49-8
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Canby Ferry.|
- Canby Ferry information from Clackamas County Transportation Maintenance
- 1960 photo of Canby Ferry from Salem Public Library