Sistersville Ferry To Restart Today

SISTERSVILLE – The Sistersville Ferry is scheduled to restart today after being out of service due to mechanical problems, said ferry board Chairman John Eckles.

Eckles said the boat’s transmission was repaired by a company based in Pittsburgh. The transmission was brought back to Sistersville Friday for re-installation into the boat.

The ferry taxis people and vehicles across the Ohio River between Sistersville and Fly, Ohio.

Eckles also said the city of Sistersville is always looking for more captains to run the ferry. Currently, there is one full-time and one part-time captain.

“We’re quite interested in people if they qualify with the license they have,” Eckles said.

The ferry runs 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, and 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday. According to an Ohio historical marker at the Fly landing site, the ferry service began in 1815.

Because of a lack of a nearby bridge, many people use the ferry to get to work. It’s also considered a tourist attraction. For example, the Wells Inn, 318 Charles St., Sistersville is celebrating the restart of the ferry service by offering 10 percent discount coupons for meals at the inn. The coupons can be obtained by ferry users.

“The ferry is very important to the Wells Inn. We want to support and encourage ridership,” said Wells Inn owner Charles Winslow.