The Historic 1811 Bemus Point-Stow Ferry

Celebrating Our 210th Season on Chautauqua Lake

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Ferry Restoration Photos:

Photo credits by Ro Woodard, Chris Flanders, Jay Kuntz , Dan Swackhammer, Randall Burt.

The Bemus Point-Stow Ferry in Mayville NY. Taken a couple weeks before it returned to Stow NY.

Top photo, Ferry on cradle in Mayville. Bottom photo, Ferry returning to Stow November 2019.

A Welder's job is never done. Brian Ceci cleaning the deck.

Old deck on Stow Landing.

Ferry deck before.

New metal deck ready for wood.

Ferry compartment before restoration.

Ferry compartment after restoration.

Welding The Deck:

John and Brian inspect weld job.

Brian cutting out old I-beam

Brian cutting out a section.

Martha spraying drive shaft.

Welding I-beam.

Welding back of Ferry.

The Big Lift: July 9, 2020

The big lift occurred July 9, 2020. She remained in dry dock for 2 months while repairs and painting were completed. She passed the NYS inspection and the insurance inspection.

Setting up Crane for Big Lift.

Crane ready to lift Ferry out of lake.

"The Flight Of The Ferry" Credit- Jay Kuntz

Drone Photo Credit Dan Swackhammer.

The Big Splash: September 10, 2020

The big splash occurred September 10, 2020 and again happened without issue. She remains at the landing in Stow, the new decking has been constructed and placed on the ferry.

Counter weights being added to crane.

Crew getting ready to lift Ferry.

Some of the trucks that carry counterweights for crane.

Deck Replaced:

Photos of the new decking was constructed and placed on the ferry. Dave, Gif, Jay and others from the Lawson Boat Museum and Ferry volunteers had been working on the decking in the pavilion in Stow.

Building the ferry deck in ferry building.

Jay hauling new deck pieces to Ferry.

Installing new deck to Ferry.

New section of deck on way to Ferry.

Jay installing new piece of deck.