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Real McCoy I History

Beginning its state service in 1945, the Real McCoy I was Caltrans’ oldest operating piece of equipment at its retirement. Having passed its serviceable life after 65 years, the original Real McCoy Ferry, the Real McCoy I, was retired and replaced by the Real McCoy II in February 2011. At approximately 200 trips per day, The Real McCoy I provided over 450,000 crossings over its lifetime. The ferry was named after highway Engineer George T. McCoy.

Originally a cable-drawn ferry, the Real McCoy I was retrofitted with dual diesel engines in 1963 when the Sacramento River Deep Water Ship Channel was completed. A 65-foot long 30-foot wide vessel with a 50,000 lb. capacity, it carried everything from cars and motorcycles to school buses and emergency vehicles.

Real McCoy I Ferry |