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Timeline
1963

February 6, 1963:

The Delaware River and Bay Authority (DRBA) formed. Its first line of business was to update earlier feasibility studies for the Cape May-Lewes Ferry.
1963

July 1963:

The DRBA approved the $4 million purchase of 7 ferry vessels from the Chesapeake Bay and Tunnel District. Following a need evaluation, the DRBA ultimately purchased four of the ferry vessels at a cost of $3.3 million.
1964

July 1, 1964:

First ferry vessel departed the Lewes terminal at 6:47 am. Seven minutes later than its scheduled start. The ferry carried 8 vehicles and 15 passengers.
1972

July 1972:

DRBA authorized a contract to begin construction for three new ferry vessels.
1974

June 1974:

Ceremonies were held at Lewes and Cape May to dedicate the first new ferry, the MV Delaware.
1979

January 1979:

DRBA signed a contract for the construction of the fourth new ferry vessel.
1981

June 1981:

DRBA signed a contract for the construction of the fourth new ferry vessel.
1983

September 1983:

DRBA decided to build a fifth ferry vessel.
1985

May 1985:

A dedication ceremony was held for the fifth ferry vessel named the MV Cape May.
1988

June 1988:

New passenger loading buildings, new police facilities, and new patron waiting area in Lewes and Cape May are completed.
1990

Memorial Day 1990:

MV Delaware was called upon to rescue 900 passengers stranded on the passenger liner, Regent Star, which ran aground 25 miles upriver.
1992

April 1992:

The Cape May-Lewes Ferry carried its 20 millionth passenger. The service handles approximately 1.3 million passengers annually.
1993

August 1993:

The Delaware River & Bay Authority contracted with Wallace, Roberts & Todd of Phildelphia, PA to develop the ferry's first comprehensive master plan.
1994

July 1994:

The Ferry celebrated thirty years of continual service. The MV Delaware arrived newly refurbished from Newport News, VA.
1996

May 4, 1996:

The MV Twin Capes returned to Cape May following its $27 million refurbishment at Norfolk, VA.
1998

March 1998:

Cape May-Lewes Ferry employees completed a $1.2 million dollar upgrade on the MV Cape Henlopen.
1998

June 1998:

MV Cape May resumed operations following a $20 million dollar overhaul at Norfolk, VA.
1999

March 1999:

As they had for the MV Cape Henlopen, employees completed a $1.2 million dollar upgrade on her sister ship, MV New Jersey.
2001

May 2001:

DRBA invests approximately $18 million in new passenger terminal facilities in Cape May and Lewes. The facilities open to the public on Memorial Day.