Cape May-Lewes Ferry offers scenic trip across Delaware Bay

LEWES — Rather than a page of verbiage, today’s column offers a scenic trip on the Cape May-Lewes Ferry.

Leaving from Lewes, ferry passengers enjoy incredible views of the Harbor of Refuge and Delaware Breakwater lighthouses and an extraordinary view of the tip of Cape Henlopen and scores of surf fishermen.

Along the way, dolphins attract the eyes of tour boats.

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While awaiting departure, ferry passengers watch in awe as a hawk dives into the water and comes up with a fish. Nearby, an osprey keeps a close eye on her nest.

The trip across the Delaware Bay is 17 miles, lasting about 85 minutes.

About midway, views include another ferry heading in the opposite direction and a multitude of cargo ships.

On the New Jersey side, ferry passengers can spot a World War II watch tower. In its foreground is the S.S. Atlantus, a concrete ship that broke from its moorings in a 1926 and ran aground on Sunset Beach. The concrete ship, once used to bring troops back from Europe after World War I, was supposed to be used for a ferry dock in Cape May.

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