A new ferry on Narragansett Bay

Sun, 11/02/2014 - 1:29am

A few weeks ago, A&R Marine introduced their new ferry, the M/V Herbert C. Bonner, and began her run from Thames Street in Bristol, to Homestead on Prudence Island. The Bonner previously ran between Hatteras and Ocracoke Island, N.C. She is 112 feet long with 40 foot beam. She is rated to carry 25 regular vehicles; however, that number will be reduced to 22 due to modifications by A&R Marine.

     While sailing around Prudence Island over the past 30 years, I've noticed some new construction on the Westside. Moreover, there are numerous houses on the Eastside of the island. There appears to be a substantial summer population. My brother Pat, is working deck on the new ferry—Pat worked on draggers and lobster boats out of Point Judith, when he was a younger guy. I wish him and the new owners well in their new endeavor. The M/V Herbert C. Bonner, will surly serve the folks on Prudence Island for years to come. Finally, A&R Marine also made substantial improvements to their infrastructure, by building a brand new docking system, similar to what exists in Point Judith and Old Harbor.