<div class="ExternalClass8BEE15CBED1142988AAE4BEF0E823AD5"><p>Cape Town is a city steeped in maritime history, much of which has been carefully preserved at the V&A Waterfront. One romantic seafaring tradition many Capetonians still fondly remember will be reintroduced on Thursday, 9 October, with the re-launch of the old Penny Ferry rowing boat. The service will be open to the public from December 2014.</p><p>For over 100 years, the Penny Ferry service carried Capetonians across the channel at the entrance to the Alfred Basin, with each trip taking approximately 10 minutes. The ferry was decommissioned in December 1997 with the opening of the pedestrian Swing Bridge.</p><p>To commemorate the occasion, a launch event was held at the Waterfront's Nobel Square, where V&A Waterfront CEO David Green and Minister of Tourism Derek Hanekom launched the 'new' Penny Ferry service to the public.</p><p>Green said of the new Penny Ferry, "Capetonians have a deep attachment to the sea and are sentimental about their historical traditions. The V&A Waterfront understands this, and our vision has always been to re-connect people to the sea and to preserve our city's proud history for future generations. The Penny Ferry offered a practical way of crossing the cut and we are certain it will prove to be as popular in this century as it was in the last.</p><p>"We also subscribe to the spatial planning concept of place-making, which views the spaces between buildings as equally important as the buildings themselves. The Penny Ferry is a great example of this, not only offering a practical link between the Alfred Basin and Clock Tower Square but also offering visitors an experience as they make the crossing," said Green.</p><p>The channel or 'Cut', originally excavated to allow ships to cross into the Alfred Basin in the 1800s, frequently presented a problem for residents and visitors alike in getting to and from the Pierhead and Clock Tower Square. The most economical solution was to introduce a small ferry-boat, rowed by one strong man for the cost of one penny per trip.</p><p>From this tradition, the 'Penny Ferry' was born, and a series of dedicated ferrymen propelled the ferry across the waterway for more than a century.</p><p>Many older Capetonians will remember David Abdol Wasserfall, who rowed the ferry for 43 years, six days a week, at an average of 400 crossings. According to his own calculations, David rowed the equivalent distance of a sea voyage from Cape Town to Southampton during the course of his career. At the time the V&A was owned by Transnet, the penny ferryman was Mogamat Peterson, who rowed passengers across the cut in the 1980s. Ceylon Majola was the last penny ferryman until the service was decommissioned in 1997.</p><p>Though South Africa no longer uses pennies, the new Penny Ferry will keep the essence of the old tradition alive in both its name and affordability.</p><p>Waterfront visitors will be able to experience this uniquely Capetonian tradition for R5 per person per trip, with tickets available to purchase from the Info Kiosk in Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre, the Visitor Centre outside Mitchells and Ferryman's, and Chavonnes Battery.</p><p> Today's Penny Ferry can carry between 10 and 12 people across the Alfred Basin at a time, leaving from Nobel Square and the Clock Tower, depending on the direction in which you're travelling. Owing to safety regulations, no under 12s are allowed in the boat.</p><p><strong> </strong></p></div>2014-10-08T22:00:00Z

 

 

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