Recently Completed: Jamestown-Scotland Ferry Vessel

Cost and schedule ►

This project involved the design and construction of a new ferry boat for the Jamestown-Scotland Ferry system. The new 70-vehicle capacity, double-ended, steel hull ferry boat Powhatan has replaced the Virginia. Built in 1936, it is the oldest vessel in the Jamestown-Scotland fleet. 

In September 2017, the Commonwealth Transportation Board voted to name the new vessel the Powhatan. (Read the release here.) 



The new ferry features a 70-vehicle capacity.

The Virginia, built to accommodate 1930’s era vehicles, had narrower parking lanes and a 12-ton limit; it was only able to transport 25 cars on each pass.

The ferries take motorists across the James River between James City County at Glasshouse Point and Surry County at Scotland Wharf.

Major Milestones 

The ferryboat Powhatan went into service in September 2019.


Contact Info:

Hampton Roads Communications

Project Photos

Phase: Under Construction

Lat/Long: 37.184991, -76.784767

Locality: James City

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Page last modified: March 11, 2020