Arundel History

April 02, 2006


Getting around the Chesapeake Bay became easier after World War II ended with an expansion of ferry service - to meet a greater demand from a flood of the "greatest generation" veterans returning home to seek work, dates and recreation.

Sixty years ago this month, the state roads commission announced that a late-night ferry service would be established between Sandy Point and Matapeake. Two boats would operate on hourly schedules from 6 a.m. to 1 a.m. Under the old schedule, the boats operated from 7:25 a.m. to 8 p.m.

This was welcome news in Anne Arundel County's waterfront communities.

Robert M. Reindoller , the commission chairman, said then that the extension of service would mean the recruiting of two additional full-time crews and additional relief men to meet federal regulations. Later in the summer of 1946, he said, there was something else to look forward to: construction of a third ferry boat.

[Sources: The Sun and Paul McCardell, Sun library research]

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