Small fire on Delaware ferry cancels some Cape May-Lewes ferry crossings

A small overnight fire in the engine room has cancelled a couple runs of the Cape May Lewes ferry on Friday.

The fire was discovered on the ‘Delaware’ ferry ship by an on-duty engineer at about 2:20 a.m. According to Heath Gehrke, director of ferry operations, the fire was in a chimney stack.  Gehrke said it started by an ember in the chimney stack that came from the ship’s port engine.

Fire crews from Town Bank, NJ quickly put the fire out.  All CMLF ships are docked in Cape May overnight.

However, as a result of the fire, the ‘Delaware’ will be temporarily kept out of service.  The 8:30 a.m. and noon ferries from Cape May will not run.  The 10:15 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. departures from the Delaware side are also cancelled.  For more details on ferry service, log on to

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