Cable Ferry LeHave River by Jann Ashworth

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The Lehave River is one of the major rivers in south western Nova Scotia, Canada, flowing from the interior hills and woodlands down to the Atlantic Ocean, through the town of Bridgewater and on past small communities such as Lehave. This is where we found this cable ferry, which has been operating for many years and saves a great deal of driving if one wants to simply cross the river and go on down the coast.
The ferry operates by using a heavy cable ( see it on the right side of the photo) which runs through the boat, controlled by a winch mechanism, and out the stern and scross the river to the other dock.
Taken in Early October 2006
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  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyabout 4 years ago

    Very interesting, Jann. Simple yet extremely practical!

  • Hi Mike..yes, it’s really quite good.Even if the cable broke, the other end would let the ferry swing ashore on one bank or the other. There’s another one at Country Harbour, down on the Eastern Shore going to Cape Breton.

    – Jann Ashworth

  • icesrun
    icesrunabout 4 years ago

    Over that span of water I would not think a Cable ferry would work. I am use to the one at Port Aransas Texas and Aransas Pass.

  • Cable ferries have been in use at Lehave River since the late 19th. century. This one was about 30 years old when we rode it in 2006. Since then it’s been replaced with a new one.

    – Jann Ashworth

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