Ferries transition to autumn schedule; Southport – Fort Fisher running one boat Sunday

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The Southport-Fort Fisher Ferry will start its summer schedule a few days early on Saturday, March 30. Photo courtesy NCDOT.
The Southport-Fort Fisher Ferry will start its summer schedule a few days early on Saturday, March 30. Photo courtesy NCDOT.

The North Carolina Ferry Division will start switching to its off-season schedule next week, with routes to the north of Wilmington beginning their changes first.

Boats between Cedar Island – Ocracoke and Swan Island – Ocracoke will each run three daily round-trip routes starting Sept. 15, according to the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s website. On Sept. 22, the Hatteras Ocracoke route will switch to its “shoulder season” schedule and move to its winter schedule on Nov. 10.

Locally, the Southport – Fort Fisher route will transition down to its more limited schedule on Monday, Sept. 28. The number of round trips between the ports will drop from 16 to 14 on the weekdays and from 15 to 13 on the weekends.

Additionally, the schedule for Sunday, Sept. 13 will be altered as boats are switched out, according to the North Carolina Ferry System’s Facebook page.

The adjusted schedule for that day is as follows:

Leaving Southport: 7:45 a.m., 9:15 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 1:45 p.m., 3:15 p.m., 4:45 p.m. and 6:15 p.m.

Leaving Fort Fisher: 8:30 a.m., 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m.,  2:30 p.m., 4 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.

The route’s regular schedule will resume on Monday, Sept. 14. For more information on the ferry sytem, visit www.ncdot.gov/ferry. For the complete 2015 North Carolina Ferry System schedule, click here.