New Jamestown Scotland Ferry Named the Powhatan


In a unanimous decision, the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) voted to name the newest boat in the Jamestown Scotland Ferry system the Powhatan.

The Powhatan is under construction in Pascagoula, Mississippi and is expected to be delivered to VDOT in spring 2018. The name will be placed on the boat before it is christened.

The fleet’s newest running ferry, the Pocahontas, was built in 1995. Powhatan was Pocahontas’ father and chief of all the the Algonquin tribes in the ara.

The Powhatan will replace the ferry boat Virginia which was built in 1936. The ferry will have a 70-vehicle capacity, and will be able to transport up to 499 passengers.

The Jamestown-Scotland Ferry system transports approximately 936,000 vehicles annually and is the only 24-hour, state-run ferry in Virginia.