© Dawn Thomas
The Petit Princess isn't going anywhere thanks to a broken propeller.
UPDATED: Friday, Sept. 13 at 5 p.m.
The Petit Princess should be back in service in less than two weeks.
The small ferry which normally provides ferry service between East Ferry and Tiverton broke down this week.
The Petit Princess was making the 1 p.m. crossing from Tiverton on Thursday, Sept. 12 when its propeller broke just as it approached the East Ferry ramp.
“We were so close you could have spit on the wharf,” said Yvonne Howard who was a passenger for the round trip. “We could have thrown a rope but there was no one there to catch it.”
Due to the tide running through Petit Passage at the time, the ferry couldn’t dock at East Ferry but rode the currents back to Tiverton and unloaded about 2 p.m.
The Joe Casey ferry came up from the Grand Passage service between Freeport and Westport and the spare ferry, the Spray, went into service on Grand Passage.
The Joe Casey started working on the back load of vehicles close to 4 p.m.
The Petit Princess is now in Meteghan River for repairs which will should take less than two weeks.