Maine State Ferry Service Christens New Vessel in Rockland 

For the first time in nineteen years, the Maine State Ferry Service has added a new vessel to its fleet.The Captain E. Frank Thompson was christened Friday morning at the ferry terminal in Rockland.The 10.3 million dollar ferry is capable of carrying up to 250 residents and 20 vehicles, it will run three times a day.It is named after Captain Edward Frank Thompson of Vinalhaven.He served in the navy and worked for the Maine Department of Transportation for more than twenty years.He died in 2003.”He’d say just thanks, thanks a lot to the state of Maine, all the senators, congressmen, legislators and his fellow crew members fopr doing it and to the people who signed the paperwork to have his name on here,” Thompson’s daughter Than Hopkins said. Hopkins had the honor of christening the vessel.Congresswoman Chellie Pingree, an Islander herself, spoke at the Christening ceremony. Pingree considers the ferry a lifeline to residents in the area.”The ferry controls our life on an island and out life revolves around a ferry,” she said.The ferry will replace the Governor Curtis. Thompson was Captain of that vessel for twenty years.