Skip to main content

Sans Souci Ferry

The second cable ferry in North Carolina that I have been on is the Sans Souci Ferry in Bertie County to the east of Windsor.  The two car cable ferry over the Cashie River has roots that date back to the 1800s and has been under NCDOT oversight since the 1930s.  The ferry ride is free and takes about five minutes, though if it is on the other side of the river it'll be longer as you will need to blow your horn to get the attention of the operator and wait for the ferry to cross. It can also serve as a scenic backroad bypass of Windsor for those travelling on US 17 from Williamston to Edenton and points north. 

Directions:
  • From Williamston follow US 13/17 North to Cedar Landing Road and turn right.  Follow Cedar Landing Road to its end at Woodard Road.  Follow Woodard Road to ferry.  Once across the river follow Sans Souci Road to NC 308 to return to Windsor or continue on Sans Souci Road to NC 45 North to reach US 17.
From US 17: Take NC 45 South to Sans Souci Road and turn right.  Follow signs to Ferry.  Woodard Road will return you to Windsor and US 17.

All photos taken August 30, 2008.

Our ferry operator enjoying the afternoon.

Looking back at the South Landing as we cross the Cashie River.

Our destination - the North Landing and Sans Souci Road

A view of the Cashie River from the Sans Souci Ferry.





Comments

Popular posts from this blog

The New PA 48 - The Unbuilt Eastern Allegheny County Freeway

From the 1950's to the 1980's, there was a proposal to build a 4-lane expressway paralleling PA Route 48.  This proposed highway was officially known as the "North-South Parkway", but locally known as the "New 48".  Sadly, this route never came to be; however, it is the predecessor of another highway, The Mon-Fayette Expressway.  The "New 48" was a highly debated route that really never got beyond the planning stages.  There are very few remnants of construction left.

History:
Originally proposed in the post-war Pittsburgh, the "New 48" was a lot of talk, but it really never saw much work done.  Most of the discussion, planning, land acquisitions and right-of-way clearing occurred in the 1960s.  The "New 48" would also have gone by the term "North-South Parkway".  This was the term for the highway used in White Oak: A Master Plan done by the Pittsburgh Regional Planning Commission in 1960. (1)

The early 60s would see muc…

Hunting for forgotten history; Old US 99 in Fresno

Coming back from my Great Lakes Trip the other day I encountered this sign goof at Fresno-Yosemite International Airport which incorrectly displays US Route 99.





That little US 99 sign was the inspiration I needed to start tracking all the former alignments through the City of Fresno.  Fresno in general has had a huge shift in highway layouts over the decades which is something I intend to finish with California 41 and 180 perhaps later this month.  Based off my research I came with the following three maps progressing northward through Fresno showing every iteration of US 99 before it was downgraded to a State Highway in 1967.




Essentially the route alignment history of US Route 99 in Fresno is as follows.

1926-1930 Alignment 

Progressing northward into Fresno US Route 99 would have followed:

Railroad Avenue
-  Cherry Avenue
-  Broadway Street
-  Divisadero Street
-  H Street
-  Belmont Avenue
-  Golden State Avenue

1930-1934 Realignment off of Railroad Avenue

Sometime between 1930 to …

The William Flinn (not Flynn) Highway - Pittsburgh's Misspelled Street

For decades if you traveled along PA Route 8 in Pittsburgh's North Hills suburbs, you would have noticed signs that read "William Flynn Highway" at every intersection.  Even today, many businesses and residences have their addresses listed as XXXX William Flynn Highway.  However, it's not William Flynn Highway, it is William FLINN Highway - and the gentleman who it is named for has a long and storied past in Pittsburgh's infrastructure history.

William Flinn was born in England in 1851; however later that year, his family emigrated to the United States and would settle in Pittsburgh.  A 10 year-old school drop out, Flinn grew interested in politics and would join the Allegheny County Republican Party in 1877 as a ward commissioner and a seat on the Board of Fire Commissioners.  Flinn would serve in the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives and Senate from 1877 to 1902. (1)

Flinn along with James J. Booth would found the Booth and Flinn construction firm in …