Ferry Service announces schedule cuts

ELLSWORTH — Beginning March 28, the Maine State Ferry Service has reduced its schedule because of significant” drop in riders and to help minimize the spread of COVID-19. The service reduction will remain in effect until further notice. 

According to a statement posted on its website, like many ferry services across the country, the Maine Ferry Service has suffered sharp drop in ridership, which it attributes to “the current health climate.” With fewer passengers aboard, ferry riders will still be able to practice the recommended social distancing despite the reduced number of trips between the mainland the six islands served by the Ferry Service. 

So far, staffing levels at the Ferry Service are largely unchanged. With the reduced schedule, the announcement said, crews will be able to devote more time to sanitizing and maintaining our vessels. This reduction in service also helps limit the exposure of employees and passengers to the coronavirus. 

The schedule for service between Bass Harbor and Swan’s Island and Bass Harbor and Frenchboro, effective March 28: 

Swan’s Island-Daily 

Depart Swan’s Island                 Depart Bass Harbor 

6:45 a.m.                                    7:30 a.m. 

8:15 a.m.                                    9:00 a.m. (11:00 a.m. Wed. and Thurs) 

3:45 p.m.                                    4:30 p.m. 


Depart Bass Harbor                   Depart Frenchboro 

9:00 a.m.                                   10:00 a.m.  (Wednesday and Thursday only) 

The complete updated schedule is posted on the Maine Ferry Service website: maine.gov/mdot/ferry. 



Stephen Rappaport

Stephen Rappaport

Waterfront Editor at The Ellsworth American
Stephen Rappaport has lived in Maine for nearly 30 years. A lifelong sailor, he spends as much time as possible messing about in boats. [email protected]

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