Our ferry – yes, it will always be our ferry – is now in Denmark.
The ship is now called Dolphin Jet and it travels the sea between Aarhus and Kalunborg.
Built in Australia, the Spirit of Ontario arrived in Rochester in 2004 for service to Toronto. It hit a dock in New York City on the way. When the daily trips launched, the ship had some engine trouble and the winds on the lake sometimes forced it to shut down. Add in the whopping price of gas, inability to fill 774 seats, and really crappy business plan, the venture sank. The City of Rochester bought the vessel in a bid to save it, but ended up losing many millions of dollars.
The boat sailed off into the sunset in 2006. It ended up in Morocco, where it was christened Tangier Jet II.
Now on its third paint job, the Dolphin Jet started runs in Denmark over the summer after many delays. The venture got into more trouble when Denmark officials insisted it slow down in a sensitive wildlife area:
In 2012 the entire Kalundborg Fjord area was designated a conservation area – the so-called Natura 2000 area. The requirement for Dolphin Jet to slow down is set forth mostly to protect local birds, porpoises and seals. Therefore, Dolphin Jet will have to slow down to even 12 knots at the bottom of the fjord.
So, that’s the latest on our ferry. The news stung those who noticed the boat is named after the Buffalo Bills’ chief rivals. Seems kind of fitting.