The ferry is known to be a merchant vessel that is used for carrying passengers or even vehicles and also cargo from one point to another point across the water. Most of them have regular return services. They are also known as water taxi or water bus if they have many stops, such as the ones in Venice, Italy. Many islands and waterside cities use ferries as a public transport system. This is a more efficient way to ensure transportation between points. It is cheaper than to build tunnels or bridges.
The history of the ferry starts in Greek mythology, with Charon, the soul collector who maneuvered the boat with souls down on the River Styx with the destination Underworld. In time, pairs of oxen or horses were used to propel ferries with water wheels. Nowadays, there exist many types of ferries that can carry anything, from people to vehicles, houses and other types of cargo.
Ferries Also Have Schedules Like Any Other Mean of Transport
When you want to travel, you first have to buy a ticket, even if you want to go by bus, train, plane or ship. Each mean of transport has its own schedule, set based on the distance, number of travelers on that route, transit capacity and number of available vehicles. The same rules apply to the Ferry Schedules. Each ferry is set to leave and return at a specific hour based on the passenger / vehicle / cargo flow per day. There are online calculators that tell you the prices of ferries, which ferry to take at which hour and the length of time of the transport based on location, one-way travel or round trip travel, and passenger / vehicle / cargo transportation. The schedule can be affected by weather conditions, mechanical problems or delays of any nature.