A new ferry boat making the daily run across Pamlico Sound between the mainland and the Outer Banks is being officially christened.
The state Ferry Division says a naming ceremony will be held Monday for the Motor Vessel Swan Quarter at the state shipyard in Manns Harbor.
The 220-foot-long boat can carry 50 vehicles and 300 passengers. It will be used on the routes from Swan Quarter to Ocracoke and Cedar Island to Ocracoke.
The ferry is the first of two vessels being built by Orange, Tex.-based Orange Shipbuilding Co.
It will join the current fleet of four ferries on the Pamlico Sound routes.
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